Dorsa Dana - in the northeastern part of Mare Smythii
|Lat: 2.26°N, Long: 89.6°E, Length: 82.31 km, Height: km, Rükl: (farside)|
- The incomplete ring-shaped formation near the left margin of the above orbital photograph is the LTO's Pirandello, of which the location is immediately eastward of the IAU's Peek (out of frame to left). Both formations were frequently photographed during the mission of Apollo 11 (they are visible on the pre-docking photographs which show the approaching Ascent Stage of LM Eagle).- DannyCaes Jan 10, 2010
- IAU page: Dorsa Dana
- Named for James Dwight Dana (1813-1895), an American Earth scientist.
- Dorsa Dana was among the feature names approved "as now assigned and printed on the 1:250,000 lunar map series" (LTO's) in 1976 (IAU Transactions XVIB). The name appeared provisionally on LTO-64D4.
- Perhaps it's also interesting to add the biography of William Harvey "Bill" Dana (1930-2014), a NASA test pilot who flew the X-15. - DannyCaes Apr 11, 2014
There is a certain Dana mentioned in the footnotes on page 83 in T.W.Webb's Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes (Volume 1; chapter The Moon). Could this have been James Dwight Dana? - DannyCaes Jun 17, 2015