Figure 181

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This view into the shallow crater Gassendi shows another strongly fractured crater floor. Gassendi is about 110 km wide. Dark mare lavas in the distance embay the rim and a little of the interior of Gassendi. They may have entered the crater through the narrow gap partly in shadow below the arrow.  Most craters that have fractured floors are near areas of mare flooding. This suggests that the fracturing is a consequence of volcanic activity. An area next to the central peaks of Gassendi was the runnerup choice for a landing site for Apollo 17. - Keith A. Howard

Report Source: NASA SP-362, Page 175, Figure 181

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