Lat: 29.8°N, Long: 53.9°W, Diam: 3 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 18
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Aloha's curious looking horseshoe shape was also captured by Apollo 15's orbital panoramic ITEK-camera, on frames AS15-P-10344 and AS15-P-10351. On both photographs, scroll to the right beyond the central parts of the frames.
Research: Danny Caes
- There is an almost identical, but unnamed, horseshoe just beyond the northern tip of Montes Agricola, at 30.7 N/ 51.1 W.
- Although the on-line IAU Planetary Gazetteer identifies this as the "Hawaiian greeting" it was actually taken the WGPSN name bank of "first names of men and women" given in IAU Transactions XVIB (1976), and it is indeed listed as a girl's name on certain websites.
- "Aloha" is a Minor Feature whose name was originally intended only for "unofficial" use in connection with Topophotomap 38B2/S1 (on which it is plotted).
- One can only guess that the choice of the name "Aloha" was inspired by the similarity in shape of this lunar feature to the famous Diamond Head crater near Waikiki Beach in Hawaii (although that is not nearly as horseshoe-shaped from the air).
- The name was approved by the IAU (along with many other Topophotomap names) in IAU Transactions XVIIB (1979).