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Hidden Emperor

Originally published January 13, 2012 LPOD-Jan13-12.jpg
AS12-52-7712 Hasselblad image from Apollo Image Atlas at LPI

I noticed in the Recent Changes page of the Moon-Wiki that Patricio Leon (Nunki) has recently identified some of the old Apollo images that weren't identified by NASA 40 years ago. This is one of the more interesting newly identified image - showing a shadowed crater interior with two parallel peaks sticking into the sunlight. And beyond is a smooth skating rink of material. If this doesn't seem familiar, take a look from another perspective. The parallel peaks are the arms of the famous lobster peaks and ridge to the crater rim. And the smooth floor is a huge impact melt pond, the largest on the Moon. This is King crater and King Y, once erroneously called Al Tusi. I am not sure that we learn anything new scientifically from this image, but it is a very evocative view, almost a travel poster to see the exotic and little known farside. I am ready to go.

Chuck Wood
Note - the wikispaces software has suddenly changed, not for the better. To add a comment you now must click on the pinhead at upper right with a number next to it. There must have been confusuion about how to do it - the only reason I can think why there wouldn't have been rapturous comments about yesterday's LPOD! Thx!

Yesterday's LPOD: A Little Prince Moonset

Tomorrow's LPOD: Pinteresting?


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