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Family Mountain (Apollo 17 site hillock name)

Lat: 20.4°N, Long: 30.3°E, Diam: 7 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 25

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AS17-M-0794 The IAU's Family Mountain is the small bright peak just to the left of center. the complex of higher peaks to its north is North Massif, while the bright arc at the bottom is the north foot of South Massif. The feature known as Scarp produces the bright crack-like streak down the right-hand portion of the image, crossing, at the bottom, the albedo feature known as Light Mantle. The suspected volcanic cinder cone Falcon is the second small dark dot due south of the shadowed west of Family Mountain. Falcon is surrounded by a dark area and then a light halo around that.


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Mike Constantine's assembled panorama of LMP Harrison "Jack" Schmitt at Station 1. The Family Mountain is just behind Jack Schmitt. The South Massif is at left. The North Massif, the Wessex Cleft, and one of the Sculptured Hills are at right.


(LAC zone 43D1) LAC map Geologic map LTO map


The Landing Site Name "Family Mountain" is plotted on Topophotomap 43D1/S1 .

Description: Wikipedia

Family Mountain

Description: Apollo Lunar Surface Journal (ALSJ)

Family Mountain, by Eric M. Jones

Additional Information


  • Astronaut-named feature, Apollo 17 site.
  • There is some controversy about the identity of Family Mountain. The main author of the Apollo 17 Lunar Surface Journal presents evidence that during the mission the astronauts used this name in connection with another peak. The present identification is based on Topophotomap 43D1/S1, which the IAU Planetary Gazetteer gives as the primary map reference for their name.
  • One of the craterlets on (or very near) Family mountain was called Falcon during the hey-days of the scientific Apollo missions (Apollo 15, 16, and 17).

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