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Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)

Table of Contents

[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name) Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-Images Images]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-Saddle rock Saddle rock]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-Maps Maps]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-Description Description]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-Description Wikipedia Description Wikipedia]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-Additional Information Additional Information]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-Nomenclature Nomenclature]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-LPOD Articles LPOD Articles]
[#Cone (Apollo 14 site craterlet name)-Bibliography Bibliography]

Lat: 3.7°S, Long: 17.4°W, Diam: 0.3 km, Depth: 0.085 km, [/R%C3%BCkl%2042 Rükl: 42]

external image Apollo_14_Cone_crater.JPG


Left: Apollo 14 Site Traverses Chart
Right: Deconvolved and enhanced image by NASA/GSFC/ASU/GoneToPlaidHomepage


LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images Apollo Images
Mike Constantine's assembled panorama of Apollo 14's LM Antares shows the distant slopes of Cone' crater (behind the LM, in east-northeast direction). The bright spot at the top of LM Antaress Ascent Stage is the partially obscured sun (not a reflection, as mentioned above Mike's pan).

Saddle rock

A small cluster of boulders immediately south-southeast of Cone crater was a perfect subject for one of Edgar Mitchell's photographic panoramas. One of the cluster's boulders was called Saddle rock because of its distinct shape. Boulder cluster with Saddle rock


([/LAC%20zone LAC zone] 76B1) LAC map Geologic map LM map AIC map


Sampling the ejecta blanket on the slopes of Cone crater, thought to include an excavated version of material scattered by the [/Mare%20Imbrium Imbrium] impact event, was one of the major objectives of the Apollo 14 mission, and one that was accomplished. The astronauts also hoped to look into the crater, but navigating on the lunar surface proved much harder than anticipated, and despite their best efforts the astronauts were never able to locate or look over the rim. The post-flight plot of their track suggest they may have come with as little as 50 feet of the overlook as they turned back towards the Lunar Module.

Description Wikipedia

(no Wikipedia page for Apollo 14's Cone crater, but... Cone is mentioned in the page Fra Mauro Formation).

Additional Information

  • The coordinates given in the title line are from [/ULCN#Davies_Colvin Davies and Colvin] and were estimated, by them, based on the offset from the known position (in the Mean Earth/Polar system) of the Apollo 14 ALSEP package near [/Doublet Doublet] crater. The depth and diameter are [/LTVT LTVT] measurements on Lunar Orbiter image LO-III-133H. Most NASA reports give the diameter as either 340 or 370 m. [/ULCN#Davies_Colvin Davies and Colvin] say it is 375 m. The official data from the [/IAU%20Planetary%20Gazetteer IAU Planetary Gazetteer] are: Lat: 3.7°S, Long: 17.4°W, Diam: 0 km. The [/LTVT LTVT] depth measurement is for a shadow from the east rim, similar to the one shown in the Apollo 14 Site Traverses Chart, and agrees reasonably well with a USGS Contour Map (4.1 MB). That map suggests that the shadow was passing over one of the steepest sections, and the depth to the northeast may be as little as 25 meters.
  • IAU page: Cone


Astronaut-named feature, [/Apollo%2014%20site Apollo 14 site].

LPOD Articles


- Alice J. Hall: APOLLO 14; the climb up Cone crater (National Geographic, July 1971).
- David M. Harland: EXPLORING THE MOON, the Apollo expeditions.

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