presents

BUFFON
Farside Directory - Ridge Section 155


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                             Left.  Ridge Section 155; Right: Cropped 1200 dpi USGS color chart of Section 155                                            
Larger expanded region version of color chart above
Lunascan Composite of Sections 144,145,154,155
Apollo Basin Color Quad of Sections 144,145,154,155
USGS Charts 3040S-200220 (Lovell, Apollo)
  USGS Charts 4050S-220240 (Buffon)
LAC 121 WAC (Original pdf)
LAC 122 WAC (Original pdf)
Lunascan Composite of LAC/WAC_121-122-134-135.htm


BRIEF DESCRIPTION
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Buffon is a 106 km impact crater that is located on the southern hemisphere on the lunar Far Side. It lies a crater diameter south of the large walled plain Chebyshev. To the northeast is the crater Langmuir (out of frame) and to the southwest is Leavitt.  Buffon lies nearly at the midpoint between these formations. The SE portion of the huge Apollo Basin remains visible in the NW portion of Ridge Section 155 just to the left of Lovell. Buffon is a worn and eroded crater formation, with a circular rim that can still be traced through the rugged terrain but which is irregular and rounded due to a history of lesser impacts. The most notable of these is a tiny crater which lays across the northern rim and the satellite crater Buffon D which lies along the inner eastern wall. The interior floor, although generally level, is equally rugged and irregular, particularly in the eastern half. (Credit: Some of the information used in the section feature descriptions was obtained from wikipedia.org. Section 155 and this directory was created by Fran Ridge and Ned Haskin of The Lunascan Project).

USEFUL TOOLS:
Lunar Farside Chart [300 dpi] (NASA/LPI)
Farside Image Composite [1600 dpi] (NASA/LRO)
Farside-contour-map-gray2800.jpg
astrosurf.com/lunascan/LAC_maps.htm (Bob Garfinkle) *
planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Moon1to1MAtlas

GOOGLED IMAGES:
None.

CRATERS:
Apollo, 537 km
Buffon, 106 km
Langmuir, 91 km
Leavitt, 66 km
Lovell, 34 km

LUNAR ORBITER IMAGES:
Lunar & Planetary Institute:
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/lunar_orbiter/ (Atlas)
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/lunarorbiter/ (Photo Gallery)
lpi.usra.edu/resources/lunar_orbiter/bin/srch_nam.shtml?apollo%7C0
lpi.usra.edu/resources/lunar_orbiter/bin/srch_nam.shtml?buffon%7C0

APOLLO IMAGES:
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/ (Apollo Image Atlas)
lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/search/feature/?feature=apollo&sort=
No other images.

CLEMENTINE IMAGES:
the-moon.wikispaces.com/Buffon

LUNAR RECONNAISANCE ORBITER IMAGES:
http://lro.gsfc.nasa.gov/
http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc_browse/
LAC 121 WAC (Original pdf)
Apollo Basin: Mare in a Sea of Highlands (LRO)

YOU TUBE FLYOVERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB02Ypi7bIo (Kaguya)

RESEARCH UPDATES:
nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/features/2010/biggest_crater.html