Young, commander of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, is photographed collecting lunar samples near North Ray Crater
during the Apollo 16 mission
The bright ray crater
at far left is Anaxagoras --ignore it.
When asked if he had explored any craters, Duke responded, "Neither John [Young] nor I ventured to the bottom of a crater such as Plum or North Ray crater
. These craters were too deep for us and the walls too steep.
With a diameter of 31 km, this young, rarely noticed ray crater
sits amid bright, jumbled highlands and basin ejecta at 50[degrees] north, near Humboldtianum basin.
Contemporary observational work is represented by analyses of the ray crater
Proclus and of shallow linear features found near Rupes Recta and in other parts of the lunar surface.
If the incoming object had approached from the opposite direction, the rays would pass over the lunar limb and would be harder to see; we might not realize Thales was a ray crater
, and an oblique one at that.
At first glance it looks like an ordinary small ray crater
, despite being a mere 40 years old.
The Moon * December 2009 Highlighted feature Size (miles) Description A Proclus 16 Bright ray crater
B Plato 63 Dark, lava-filled crater C Gassendi 63 Crater with thin rilles D Clavius 140 Giant pock-marked crater Phases Full Moon December 2, 07:30 UT Last quarter December 9, 00:13 UT New Moon December 16, 12:02 UT First quarter December 24, 17:36 UT Full Moon December 31, 19:13 UT Distances Perigee December 4, 14h UT 225,915 miles diam.
One of the easiest DHCs to find is Copernicus H (L74), located just southeast of the conspicuous ray crater
THE MAGNIFICENT RAY CRATER
Copernicus is so captivating that it's easy to overlook fascinating features nearby.
Arguably the most recent large crater is Giordano Bruno, the conspicuous ray crater
visible in this Apollo 8 photograph.
Lunar Orbiter photographs reveal the fresh ray crater
Ohm at 113 [degrees] W, 18 [degrees] N!