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Steno-Apollo (Apollo 17 site craterlet name)

Lat: 20.1°N, Long: 30.8°E, Diam: 1 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 25

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Left: Aerial view from Apollo 17 Site Traverses Chart; Right: The north rim of Steno-Apollo, in the middle distance, as viewed from Station 1: Apollo Image Atlas.


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Apollo images from ground (Steno-Apollo is 150 m south of Station 1 on EVA-1, the astronauts did not get close enough to look into the bowl of the crater), see Magazine 136

The visibility of Apollo 17's LM from southern Station 1

- B-and-W Hasselblad frame AS17-136-20750 HiRes shows the Ascent Stage of Apollo 17's partially hidden Lunar Module (LM Challenger), detectable to the upper-right of the frame's large central fiducial cross.
- Color Hasselblad frame AS17-134-20428 HiRes also shows the LM's Ascent Stage, to the upper-left of the frame's large central fiducial cross. Note the somewhat yellowish coloration of the LM.
- In both frames, the North Massif looms in the distance.
Research Apollo 17 photography: Danny Caes


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


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Additional Information

The Landing Site Name "Steno-Apollo" is plotted on Topophotomap 43D1/S1 and Site Traverses chart 43D1S2.


Astronaut-named feature, Apollo 17 site.
  • Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt recalled this name was chosen to honor "Nicholas Stenonis (alternately Niels Stensen or Nicolaus Steno), a Danish natural scientist of the 17th Century, and all those known and unknown men and women who, with Steno, began to recognize the basic truths that underlie the physical sciences." However there was already a crater called Steno on the Moon, hence the hyphenated name to distinguish this one from the other.
  • East of Steno-Apollo are three craters which seem to have been called Wegener, Sputnik, and Explorer (source: APOLLO 17 Preliminary Science Report).- DannyCaes May 6, 2014

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David M. Harland: EXPLORING THE MOON, the Apollo expeditions.