Lunar Orbiter 3 - catalog of photographed features

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Lunar Orbiter 3:

A handy catalog of photographed features

(an enthusiast's exploration and investigation of less-known and almost unknown orbital lunar photographs, frame by frame).
Compiled by Danny Caes.


Lunar Orbiter 3's photographs are online in this page

Frames 3001 to 3004: ? (missing?).
Frame 3005: between Maskelyne F and NASA's "Barbara Mesa"/ "Lonesome Mesa".
Frame 3006: enlarged part of region in frame 3005.
Frame 3007: ? (missing?).
Frame 3008: ? (missing?).
Frame 3009: between Maskelyne F and NASA's "Barbara Mesa"/ "Lonesome Mesa".
Frame 3010: enlarged part of region in frame 3009.
Frame 3011: between Maskelyne F and NASA's "Lonesome Mesa".
Frame 3012: enlarged part of region in frame 3011.
Frame 3013: south of Maskelyne F (moving eastward).
Frame 3014: enlarged part of region in frame 3013.
Frame 3015: south-southeast of Maskelyne F.
Frame 3016: enlarged part of region in frame 3015.
Frame 3017: south-southeast of Maskelyne F.
Frame 3018: enlarged part of region in frame 3017.
Frame 3019: southeast of Maskelyne F.
Frame 3020: enlarged part of region in frame 3019.
Frame 3021: enlargement of very small region at 1.84° South/ 47.12° East.
Frame 3022: ? (missing?).
Frame 3023: ? (missing?).
Frame 3024: ? (missing?).
Frame 3025: peculiar "iceberg"-shaped surface formations south of Montes Secchi (west of Secchi X; NASA's "Lost Crater").
Frame 3026: enlargement of small region in frame 3025.
Frame 3027: almost useless enlargement of small part of lunar surface.
Frame 3028: ? (missing?).
Frame 3029: ? (missing?).
Frame 3030: ? (missing?).
Frame 3031: peculiar "iceberg"-shaped surface formations south of Montes Secchi (west of Secchi X; NASA's "Lost Crater").
Frame 3032: enlargement of small region in frame 3031.
Frame 3033: peculiar "iceberg"-shaped surface formations south of Montes Secchi (west of Secchi X; NASA's "Lost Crater").
Frame 3034: almost useless enlargement of small part of lunar surface.
Frame 3035: enlargement of small region in frame 3033.
Frame 3036: ? (missing?).
Frame 3037-h2: according to the coordinates mentioned in the caption below this frame (Latitude -20.45°/ Longitude 102.92°), this depicted area should be somewhere northeast of farside crater Koval'skiy (LAC 100). It would be interesting to try to detect this area on the LRO's online ACT-REACT Quick Map.
Frame 3038: ? (missing?).
Frame 3039: ? (missing?).
Frame 3040-h2: close-up of unnamed rille west-southwest of Manners (part of the southern continuation of Rimae Sosigenes).
Frame 3041: ? (missing?).
Frame 3042: region south of Arago B, of which frame 3042-h3 shows the southern part (the southwestern inner slopes) of Arago B itself.
Frame 3043: ? (missing?).
Frame 3044:
Frame 3045: ? (missing?).
Frame 3046:
Frame 3047: ? (missing?).
Frame 3048: ? (missing?).
Frame 3049: ? (missing?).
Frame 3050: almost useless enlargement of very small part of lunar surface.
Frame 3051: ? (missing?).
Frame 3052:
Frame 3053: almost useless enlargement of small part of lunar surface.
Frame 3054:
Frame 3055: ? (missing?).
Frame 3056: ? (missing?).
Frame 3057: ? (missing?).
Frame 3058: region south of Armstrong (Sabine E), just north of NASA's "The Gashes".
Frame 3059: ? (missing?).
Frame 3060: region north of Moltke.
Frame 3061: ? (missing?).
Frame 3062:
Frame 3063: region south of Armstrong (Sabine E), just north of NASA's "The Gashes".
Frame 3064:
Frame 3065: close-up of elongated depression which was also captured in frames 3058, 3063, and 3066.
Frame 3066: region south of Armstrong (Sabine E), just north of NASA's "The Gashes".
Frame 3067:
Frame 3068: southeast of Sabine; the western "start" of Rimae Hypatia (almost invisible, but... it's there!).
Frame 3069 h1: small part of Rimae Hypatia (lower part of frame).
Frame 3070: almost invisible part of Rimae Hypatia near the frame's lower margin (also known as NASA's "US Highway Number One").
Frame 3071: ? (missing?).
Frame 3072: Moltke.
Frame 3073: Rima Hyginus and Manilius (oblique view).
Frame 3074: ? (missing?).
Frame 3075: mountainous region northwest of Dembowski.
Frame 3076: ? (missing?).
Frame 3077: ? (missing?).
Frame 3078: Theophilus (oblique view).
Frame 3079: Delambre + Delambre D.
Frames 3080 and 3081: north of Theon Junior B.
Frame 3082: northeast of Theon Junior B.
Frame 3083: Theon Junior C + Theon Senior C.
Frame 3084: Bruce and Blagg in Sinus Medii (oblique view).
Frame 3085: Murchison and Ukert (oblique view).
Frames 3086, 3087, 3088: Pallas V in Sinus Medii.
Frame 3089: unnamed cluster of craterlets southeast of Pallas V, in Sinus Medii.
Frames 3090 h1, h2, h3: close-ups of the unnamed cluster's northeastern, eastern, and southeastern parts.
Frames 3091 to 3101: unnamed cluster of craterlets southeast of Pallas V, in Sinus Medii.
Frame 3102: ? (missing?).
Frame 3103: Rima Schroter and nearby hills.
Frame 3104: east of Rima Schroter.
Frame 3105: east of Rima Schroter.
Frame 3106: ? (missing?).
Frame 3107: Mosting.
Frames 3108 and 3109: floor of Hipparchus.
Frame 3110: floor of Hipparchus, west of Hipparchus N.
Frame 3111: Hipparchus N.
Frames 3112 to 3114: Mosting C.
Frame 3115: Mosting B and Mosting C.
Frame 3116: Mosting A and Flammarion D.
Frames 3117 and 3118: floor of Flammarion.
Frame 3119: Flammarion's eastern rim.
Frame 3120: Gambart J in Mare Insularum (oblique view).
Frame 3121: moon's farside, Tsiolkowsky and southern regions.
  • 3121-h1: Tsiolkowsky's floor and central peak.
  • 3121-h2: Tsiolkowsky's southwestern part/ Waterman/ Neujmin.
  • 3121-h3: Bolyai.

Frame 3122: chaotic terrain southeast of Reinhold.
Frame 3123: Hortensius and nearby domes (oblique view).
Frame 3124: region of little hillocks depicted in section H-5/6 of chart 22 (page 57) in the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (Wood/ Collins).
Frames 3125 to 3130: moving eastward between frames 3124 and 3131.
Frame 3131: region depicted on the lower part of section A-5 of chart 17 (page 47) in the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (Wood/ Collins).
Frame 3132: Charles Wood's Turitella formation (near the photograph's lower left corner). See also LPOD May 7, 2005.
Frame 3133: Fra Mauro D and X.
Frame 3134: Fra Mauro D, X, and Y.
Frame 3135: west of Fra Mauro Zeta (part of Fra Mauro H at right margin).
Frame 3136: region of the landing sites of both Surveyor 3 and Apollo 12s LM Intrepid (oblique view).
Frame 3137: region of the landing sites of both
Surveyor 3 and Apollo 12
s LM Intrepid.

  • Surveyor crater (the belly of the Snowman; which is the location of the sites of Surveyor 3 and Apollo 12) is detectable on Lunar Orbiter 3 frame LO3-137-med, of which the second "h" enlargement (LO3-137-h2) shows the Snowman (and Surveyor crater) near the lower part of the frame's right margin.

Frames 3138 to 3144:
Frames 3145 to 3152:
Frames 3153 to 3160:

  • Frame 3154-h2 shows Apollo 12's Snowman and its belly (Surveyor crater) pretty well! (a bit to the left of the frame's centre).

Frame 3161: Rimae Maestlin and the "binary system" Maestlin G (oblique view), and dark "fan" at Encke X. See also LPOD Burying Craters

  • 3161-h1: unnamed wrinkle ridge.
  • 3161-h2: southern part of the "binary system" Maestlin G.
  • 3161-h3: northern part of the "binary system" Maestlin G.

Frame 3162: Kepler (oblique view). This photograph was reproduced on pages 238-239 in the National Geographic of February 1969 (the splendid article Awesome Views of the Forbidding Moonscape).
Frames 3163 to 3168: the "binary system" Maestlin G.
Frames 3169 and 3170: east of Maestlin G.
Frame 3171: Rand Mc.Nally's "Leon Hills" north of Wichmann (oblique view).
Frame 3172: Flamsteed P (oblique view).
Frame 3173: Wichmann CA (near the frame's upper right corner).
Frames 3174 to 3178: Wichmann CA.
Frames 3179 and 3180: unnamed wrinkle ridges southeast of Wichmann CA.
Frames 3181 to 3184: northeastern part of the Flamsteed P ring.
Frame 3185: unnamed crater near the northwestern part of the Flamsteed P ring (see also frames 3205 and 3206).
Frames 3186 and 3187: northern part of Flamsteed P's interior floor.
Frame 3188:
Frames 3189 to 3197: Flamsteed D (on Flamsteed P's interior floor).

  • Oblique impact crater? (frame 3191-h3, near the left margin).
  • The rough-looking unnamed craterlet with surrounding field of boulders, captured in frame 3189-h2, is also seen in the book Geology on the Moon by J.E.Guest and R.Greeley.
  • In the German edition of this book (Geologie auf dem Mond, ubersetzt von W.v.Engelhardt), this photograph is printed on page 136.
  • The high-albedo ejectablanket around that craterlet, appearing as a minute bright dot or "point", is detectable on page 150 (LAC 75) in the Clementine Atlas of the Moon (Bussey/ Spudis), at 2°20' South/ 43°55' West; on the northern part of Flamsteed P's floor. In other words, it is observable through common telescopes.
  • It is also detectable on chart 26 (page 65) in the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (Wood/ Collins); at location H-1/2 (northern part of Flamsteed P's floor).

Frames 3198 to 3200: eastern part of the Flamsteed P ring.
Frame 3201:
Frames 3202 and 3203: Flamsteed D (on Flamsteed P's interior floor).
Frame 3204: eastern part of the Flamsteed P ring.
Frames 3205 and 3206: unnamed crater near the northwestern part of the Flamsteed P ring (see also frame 3185).
Frames 3207 to 3209: northeastern part of the Flamsteed P ring.
Frames 3210, 3211, and 3212: Flamsteed D (on Flamsteed P's interior floor).
Frame 3213: Damoiseau (oblique view).
Frame 3214: Galilaei and Planitia Descensus (oblique view). See also LPODs On the Ground and The Great Wall of Procellarum
Frame 3215: floor of Hevelius, with the cobweb of Rimae Hevelius on it.

Bibliography

- Chriet Titulaer: Operatie Maan (W. Van Hoeve, Den Haag - 1969). An interesting book, made just after the manned lunar landing of Apollo 11. Full of orbital and surface photography performed by the Lunas, Zonds, Rangers, Lunar Orbiters, Surveyors, Apollo 8, and Apollo 10.
- NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, february 1969 (AWESOME VIEWS OF THE FORBIDDING MOONSCAPE; a nine-page portfolio of Lunar Orbiter photographs).
- Piero Leonardi: Volcanoes and impact craters on the Moon and Mars.
- J.E.Guest/ R.Greeley: Geology on the Moon.