South Massif

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South Massif (Apollo 17 site mountain name)

Lat: 20.0°N, Long: 30.4°E, Diam: 16 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 25

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Plus four "forgotten" Hasselblads of the South Massif, photographed one orbit before landing; AS17-147-22464, 22465, 22466, and 22467. The last one of those four AS17-147-22467 was included on pages 292-293 of the article EXPLORING TAURUS-LITTROW by Harrison H. Schmitt (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, september 1973). Note the distant CSM America in front of South Massif's summit! Research: - DannyCaes Dec 17, 2007
Mike Constantine's assembled panorama of Apollo 17's Station 1 shows the South Massif at left (behind the Lunar Roving Vehicle).


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South Massif

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The Landing Site Name "South Massif" is plotted on Topophotomap 43D1/S1 and Site Traverses chart 43D1S2.


Astronaut-named feature, Apollo 17 site.
As seen from Apollo 17's site at the floor of the Taurus-Littrow valley (from the actual landing site of LM Challenger), the location of the South Massif is west-southwest, and not south. The mountain mass which is located south (or rather south-southeast) is Mons Vitruvius.- DannyCaes Feb 10, 2013

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