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Lat: 8.3°S, Long: 17.4°W, Diam: 60 km, Depth: 0.73 km, Rükl: 42

external image normal_Bonpland%20Parry%20Rilles%20AS16-M-1687%20AIA%203.jpgApollo 16 AS16-M-1687; Bonpland is the largest crater entirely in view, Parry is to its right, Fra Mauro to its north. The small bowl-shaped crater south of Bonpland and Parry is Tolansky.


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- Lunar Orbiter 5's Frame 138 shows a close-up of the well-known junction at Fra Mauro, Bonpland, and Parry.
- The curious craterlet Bonpland D with its rare "double western rim" (possibly caused by the nearby Dorsum Guettard) was captured near the upper left corner of Lunar Orbiter 4's frame LOIV-120-h2. Bonpland D is located south-southwest of Bonpland itself, on the eastern part of Mare Cognitum.
Bonpland D was also captured on Apollo 16's orbital Hasselblad photograph AS16-120-19243, and on several ITEK-panoramic photographs, such as AS16-P-5429, which makes me wonder if Bonpland D is perhaps an oblique impact crater (?).
Research Lunar Orbiter and Apollo photographs: Danny Caes


(LAC zone 76C1) LAC map Geologic map LM map LTO map
USGS Geologic Map of the Bonpland PQC region (I-678)
USGS Geologic Map of the Bonpland H region (I-693)


Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) BONPLAND.--A ruined walled-plain with a low and much broken wall, which on the S.E. appears to be an attenuated prolongation of that of Parry. It is of the linear type, the formation approximating in shape to that of a pentagon. The floor is crossed from N. to S. by a fine cleft which originates at a crater beyond the S. wall, and is visible as a light streak under a high light. Schmidt shows a short cleft on the E. of this.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information


Aimé Jacques Alexandre Bonpland (August 22, 1773 - May 4, 1858) was a French explorer and botanist.

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- Bonpland and Fra Mauro:
APOLLO OVER THE MOON; A VIEW FROM ORBIT, Chapter 3: The Terrae (Part 2), Figure 44. Chapter 4: The Maria (Part 3), Figure 94.
A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings (Harold Hill), pages 107 - 109.