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Ravine (Apollo 16 site craterlet name)

Lat: 8.9°S, Long: 15.6°E, Diam: 1 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 45

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Apollo 16 Site Traverses Chart


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Note: there are several photographs made by both CDR John Young and LMP Charles Duke (of Apollo 16) which show crater Ravine at the base of the southern slopes of Smoky Mountain. A survey of these photographs (to create an online list for this page) is planned. - DannyCaes Mar 18, 2012
- AS16-110-17959 shows Ravine near the central part of the horizon. See also the extreme Hi-Res scan of that photograph: AS16-110-17959HR
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Description: Wikipedia

(no Wikipedia page for Apollo 16's crater Ravine).

Additional Information

- The Landing Site Name "Ravine" is plotted on Site Traverses chart 78D2S2.
- It is perhaps possible to observe Ravine through very powerful telescopes, or to make digital webcam photographs of it (also through powerful telescopes). Ravine has the same diameter as its neighbour North Ray Crater to the west-northwest, and should be observed during the hours when there's enough shadow on its inner slopes (as seen in the orbital photograph above). The albedo of Ravine is rather low, and because of this it is not observable during Full Moon. North Ray Crater on the other hand is a very easy observer's target just before, during, and after Full Moon! - DannyCaes Apr 25, 2010


Astronaut-named feature, Apollo 16 site.
  • It is not entirely clear from the description in IAU Transactions XVIB if the name refers to the entire crater or just to the little valley within it (arrowed in the Site Traverses chart).
  • A very small craterlet at the southwestern part of Ravine's rim was called CAT during the mission of Apollo 16. CAT was the abbreviation of Charles-And-Thomas (the two sons of LMP Charles Duke of Apollo 16).- DannyCaes Mar 18, 2012

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David M. Harland: EXPLORING THE MOON, the Apollo expeditions.