Dorsum Buckland

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Dorsum Buckland

Lat: 19.51°N, Long: 14.34°E, Length: 369.13 km, Height: km, Rükl: 23

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Left: LROC WAC mosaic (No.'s M117420091ME, M117352260ME, M117413324ME, M117379381ME, M117372616ME, M117392969ME). Processed by LROC_WAC_Previewer.
Right: Consolidated Lunar Atlas; Plate C8 The IAU's "Dorsum" Buckland consists of a long series of ridges, outlined in red, along the southwestern shore of Mare Serenitatis. The hills running roughly parallel to it on the south are part of Montes Haemus. The largest of the several craters in the mare is 15-km Bessel, while the prominent 26-km crater just to the right of bottom center is Menelaus. At least part of the ridge running north from the eastern end of Buckland (through Bessel) seems to be thought of as a part of the Dorsa Lister system. On the west, the fainter ridge running north from Buckland (from a point slightly to the right of the position of the prominent 12-km mare crater Sulpicius Gallus), is sometimes identified as part of Dorsum Von Cotta. Several other named dorsa are also visible in this view.


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  • Apollo 17's Nikon photograph AS17-159-23928 shows Dorsum Buckland running across the image's upper half, while Rimae Sulpicius Gallus and part of Montes Haemus are noticeable near the image's lower margin. Research: Danny Caes.
  • Three of Apollo 15's orbital close-up Hasselblad photographs of this area show a remarkable bright craterlet with unexpected dark "tongue" of ejected material at the southwestern rim of it, located at the western end of Dorsum Buckland (near the southern end of Dorsum Gast). The exact coordinates of that curious craterlet are: 23° North/ 8°40' East.

The three Hasselblad close-ups of that curious craterlet are:
Research: Danny Caes.
AS17-149-22881, made during the mission of Apollo 17, is an orbital color Hasselblad of the same bright craterlet with the dark "tongue".
Research: Danny Caes.
Note that the bright craterlet with dark "tongue" is also mentioned in David Woods's and Frank O' Brien's Apollo 15 Flight Journal, at 196:45:11 Ground Elapsed Time, in the page Orbital Science and Crew Rest.


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Dorsum Buckland

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William; British Earth scientist (1784-1856).
  • Dorsum Buckland was among the many provisional dorsa names appearing on NASA’s LTO charts that were approved by the IAU “as now assigned and printed” (on those charts) in IAU Transactions XVIB. The name is printed on many LTO charts, hence its unusually great length. Although the name "dorsum" is singular, implying a single ridge, Dorsum Buckland appears to consist of many discontinuous parts.

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