The Lunascan Project Moon Shot Series

April  21, 1972

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Francis Ridge:
The arrow points to the Apollo 16 landing site in the densely cratered southern highlands of the Moon. It was the only mission to land in a highland area not directly adjacent to the mare. The two large craters near the middle of the lower margin are Theophilus and Cyrillus. Ejecta from the younger Theophilus Crater may be present in the area of the landing site. (Consolidated Lunar Atlas photograph E9, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona)

To begin our tour let's start with the Lunar Orbiter view LO4-089-H3:

SE portion of Rukl Chart 45
Click here for RGB Stereo image of Apollo 16 landing site (See description below)
3D View of Apollo 16 landing site (Starry Skies page)

The yellow dot marks the location of the Apollo 16 landing site. Apollo 16 landed on April 21st 1972, some 30 miles (50km) west of the Kant plateau. This was the first and only attempt to land in the relatively rough lunar highlands. At the landing site a few of the small craters were found to have glass-coated bottoms resembling cracked and wrinkled dry mud in appearance. The large degraded crater along the bottom edge of the picture is Descartes (30 miles or 48 kilometers in diameter). Using the lunar rover, the astronauts made visits to the surrounding craters.

More Images: Orbital Views of the Apollo Landing Site
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Other Lunar Orbiter Images
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The Mission
Apollo 16 Images
Apollo 16 Digital Picture Library
Apollo 16 70mm Image Catalog
Apollo 16 Orbital Images (Keith Laney web site)

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