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Shorty (Apollo 17 site craterlet name)

Lat: 20.2°N, Long: 30.6°E, Diam: 0 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 25

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Apollo 17 Site Traverses Chart The region known as Tortilla Flat lies just east and south of this crater.


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  • Mike Constantine's assembled panorama of Shorty crater in front of the North Massif (right), Jack Schmitt and Lunar Roving Vehicle at Station 4's rocky outcrop (central), and the South Massif at left.

The discovery of orange colored soil on the moon, Apollo 17, december 1972

  • AS17-137-20985 is one of the 7 close-ups of the remarkable orange colored soil which was discovered at Station 4 (near Shorty). The rectangular object at left is the Gnomon with the three calibration colors Blue-Red-Green.
  • AS17-137-20990 is the most frequently reproduced photograph of the orange soil at Station 4. - DannyCaes Jan 29, 2008
  • See also APOD's Strange Orange Soil on the Moon


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


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Shorty (crater)

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The Landing Site Name "Shorty" is plotted on Topophotomap 43D1/S1 and Site Traverses chart 43D1S2.
  • Shorty (crater) - "Recognizing Richard Brautigan's collection of short stories, Trout Fishing in America, and other books which bring the literature of youth and life from the foundations of Salinger into the present." Cernan and Schmitt visited Shorty during EVA-2 and, on the southern rim, found a deposit of orange soil. (source: APOLLO LUNAR SURFACE JOURNAL, Eric M. Jones). Wikipedia Richard Brautigan.


  • Astronaut-named feature, Apollo 17 site.
  • A small crater slightly west-southwest of Shorty seems to have been known as Walden. Three craters north-northwest of Shorty seem to have been called Agassiz, Rogers, and Tasaday. Further up northward (near the base of the North Massif) is a crater which seems to have been known as Arms (source: APOLLO 17 Preliminary Science Report).- DannyCaes May 4, 2014

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