Possible Landing Sites
There has been work done examining the Geologic Map of the Cleomedes
Quadrangle (USGS map I-707) and there are some candidate areas to suggest
within Angus bay. The floor of Mare Anguis is mapped as being comprised of
two distinct maria units, the southern being younger than the northern.
Part of this area is also covered by copernican ray deposits. There are a
number of groups working on mapping elemental abundances on the moon from
sensing techniques, and I think we should consider their data (which I am
working on digging up) in the site selection process.
Taking a quick look over the geologic map, I have some specific
suggestions to make, based upon the following critera: 1) Site on smooth
maria deposits, 2) Rugged highlands (mapped as 1-3.5 km of relief) to west
- for views of earth over rugged moonscape, 3) variety of interesting
geological features = rocks of different ages/compositions = potential
resources within a few tens of km. I would thus suggest the consideration
of areas around the following three coordinates:
63 deg 20 min E, 26 deg 50 min N
67 deg 10 min E, 24 deg 40 min N
67 deg 10 min E, 21 deg 40 min N
There are lots more possibilities out there, and lots more data we would
need to pin anything down, so take these as suggestions to think about.
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