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This vertical view of the crater King on the lunar far side was taken
with the Apollo 16 Hasselblad camera. King, approximately 75 km in diameter
and 4 km deep, is one of the most interesting features on the far side.
It is a superb example of a youthful, large crater. It attracted much attention
and was the object of numerous scientific studies (e.g., El-Baz, 1972b;
Young, Brennan, and Wolfe, 1972). King is the freshest crater on the far
side in its size range. Among its many interesting features are (1) a unique
lobster-claw-like central peak, (2) a flat poollike area of dark material
on the north rim believed to have once been molten, (3) a very-well-developed
field of fine ejecta extending outward for approximately two crater diameters,
and (4) a massive landslide on the southeast rim (see arrow). In this view
the southern part of the central peak has a distinctly ropey appearance
and is segmented parallel to the terraces of the adjacent crater wall.
The low Sun illumination enhances the fine texture of King's ejecta. Northeast
of King the ejecta mantles an old large crater and in the southwest corner
of the picture it mantles a relatively smooth terra unit. The slightly
raised plateau on which the crater is situated may be part of the ring
of an old basin. -F.E.-B.
This web page was created by Francis Ridge
for The Lunascan Project