Earth-based telescopic image                              Clementine image
Larger version of above by Legault
Full sized  version of Clementine image
Atlas is the 55 mile-in-diameter crater in the center of the left image and to the right of Hercules. (Hercules is the subject of another web page since it lies in Section 14 and Atlas resides on the upper left part of Section 15, both in the  NE quadrant). Atlas has terraced walls rising 10,000 feet on the west, 9,000 feet on the east and 11,000 feet on the north. On the western slope is a valley, while there are craterlets on both the north and south crests. On the interior, which is bright, is a group of six hills at the center. The most remarkable objects are the craterlets, connected by clefts, and three prominent dark, variable spots, with interior craterlets. The western large spot doesn't appear in the image above, but is quite visible through the scope. The largest are at the south-east and the north, and are connected by clefts. Atlas is affected considerably in appearance by the effects of libration, this is one possible explanation for the dark spot variability. The Clementine image on the right shows incredible deatil. Types of LTP Activity Reported: Reports of dark spots fading. Atlas is one of the areas being monitored by A.L.P.O. 
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