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A panoramic camera frame taken on Apollo 17 after trans-Earth injection; that is, as the astronauts started their journey toward Earth after leaving lunar orbit. As is typical of the terrae or highlands, numerous craters of different sizes and ages are superposed on one another. In general, the larger craters are older than the smaller ones. The dominant feature in the upper right part of the frame is the crater King (K), which displays a lobster-claw-like central peak. This crater will be illustrated in detail later. In the middle part of the frame the dominant feature is the crater Pasteur (P). It is a large, ancient crater, 250 km in diameter, with numerous younger and smaller craters superposed on its rim and flat floor. Around Pasteur, aside from a few small fresh-appearing craters, the terrain appears to be old and subdued as if mantled by a thick layer of debris. In the lower left of the photograph numerous chains of small craters are visible trending in a northeasterly direction. They are part of the ejecta system of the crater Humboldt (H), a part of which appears on the lower left edge of the photograph. Near the lower left edge is the dark mare material of Mare Fecunditatis, which is located near the eastern limb of the Moon when viewed from Earth. -F.E.-B.
Report Source: NASA SP-362, Page 32-33, Figure 18
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