Earth's Moon - Apollo 17

Oblique view across Mare Imbrium of Copernicus crater on the Moon

Earth's Moon
Southward looking oblique view of Mare Imbrium and Copernicus crater on the Moon. Copernicus crater is seen almost edge-on near the horizon at the center. The crater is 107 km in diameter and is centered at 9.7 N, 20.1 W. In the foreground is Mare Imbrium, peppered with secondary crater chains and elongated craters due to the Copernicus impact. The large crater near the center of the image is the 20 km diameter Pytheas, at 20.5 N, 20.6 W. At the upper edge of the Mare Imbrium are the Montes Carpatus. The distance from the lower edge of the frame to the center of Copernicus is about 400 km. This picture was taken by the metric camera on Apollo 17. (Apollo 17, AS-2444)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1972-12
Distance/Range (km): 160.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): +20.,338. E
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater, mare, crater chains
Instrument: Metric Mapping camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - 3400
Instrument Field of View (deg): 76.2 mm Focal Length
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 77.
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 40.

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: AS17-2444
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 72-096A-03A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015