Rima Sheepshanks

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Rima Sheepshanks

Lat: 58.0°N, Long: 24.0°E, Length: 200 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 5

external image normal_Rima-Sheepshanks_LO-IV-092H_LTVT.JPG
LO-IV-092H Rima Sheepshanks is the nearly horizontal rille in the middle of the frame. This Lunar Orbiter detail extends from 25-km Sheepshanks (the shadowed crater cut by the margin in the upper left) to 8-km Gärtner C (partial crater, same distance from top near right margin). 14-km Gärtner F (also near the right margin) is below it. At the bottom, the 21-km crater next to the ridges (and under the fingerprint-like blemish in the Lunar Orbiter film) is Galle. The 10-11 km diameter craters closest to Rima Sheepshanks are Sheepshanks C (near left margin), Galle C (near middle, on the south) and Kane G (on the north).


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Description: Wikipedia

Rima Sheepshanks

Additional Information

The Sheepshanks and Gärtner rilles connect, or nearly connect, as illustrated in this Clementine image. The main part of the Gärtner Rille is to the east, beyond Gärtner D. See May 14, 2010 LPOD for details.


Named from nearby crater. (Sheepshanks)
The Sheepshanks-Gartner Rille is the unofficial name for the "connected" Sheepshanks and Gartner Rilles.

LPOD Articles

Nearly Invisible Rille
A Knot of Features


  • Raffaello Lena , KC Pau and Piergiovanni Salimbeni. 2004. Observations of the Rima Sheepshanks. Selenology Vol. 23, 1
  • The Sheepshanks-Gartner Rille: page 32 in the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (C.A.Wood/ M.Collins).