Rimae Prinz

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Rimae Prinz (with Rima Beethoven, Rima Handel, and Rima Telemann)

Lat: 27.32°N, Long: 43.54°W, Length: 65 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 19

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Apollo 15 image AS15-M-2195 The north rim of 46-km Prinz is in the lower left with 4-km Krieger C along the margin at left center. The small, possibly volcanic, craters Vera and Ivan are also visible. The elongated peak in the center was apparently once regarded as part of Montes Harbinger, with the northern part being named Harbinger Mu. The IAU’s Rimae Prinz includes the four large rilles around this peak, and probably the one starting in the lower right. The thinner rille in the extreme upper left is an extension of the the neighboring Rimae Aristarchus.


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  • LRO WAC mosaic
  • AS15-93-12608, an orbital Hasselblad of Prinz and Rimae Prinz, was included on pages 258-259 of the splendid article TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON by Kenneth F. Weaver (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, february 1972).


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Rimae Prinz

Additional Information

  • IAU page: Rimae Prinz
  • Raffaello Lena describes the Prinz Rille system in detail, working from and comparing measurements made using personal photographs and Apollo images in Selenology: Journal Of The American Lunar Society, Vol. 27, 2 Summer 2008.
  • A possible lava tube near the Prinz Rilles was designated a Constellation Program Region of Interest.


  • Named from nearby crater. (Prinz)
  • Numbers 63, 65, 66, 67, and 70 in Debra Hurwitz's Atlas and Catalog of Sinuous Rilles.
  • Long noted by Earth-based observers, in the original IAU nomenclature of Blagg and Müller the rilles to the west of the elongated peak were known as Harbinger Ir (the westernmost one, emanating from Vera) and Harbinger IIr (the one to its east, starting near Ivan and winding to the immediate west of the elongated peak).
  • In the System of Lunar Craters the two classic rilles were renamed Rima Prinz I and Rima Prinz II, and they appear with that designation on LAC-39 (November, 1963). When the updated LM-39 appeared in November, 1979, the Roman numerals had been dropped and Prinz I was renamed Rima Prinz, with the remaining rilles left unnamed. This is apparently because on LTO-39A3, Rima Prinz II had been provisionally renamed Rima Beethoven (a name which was not accepted by the IAU. Lunar trivia: the rille with the slot was provisionally named Rima Handel and the one to its east Rima Telemann. The provisional names proposed on the LTO were used in print in the 1977 article by Strain and El-Baz (see References).
  • In accordance with the 1973 directive to assign “new and more appropriate designations” to the formerly Roman-lettered rilles, the IAU seems to have at some point adopted the current plural name Rimae Prinz. But there is no record of this change in the IAU Transactions, so it is unclear if the plural was intended to encompass just the two “classically” named rilles, or a wider group.
  • The on-line IAU Planetary Gazetteer gives an adoption date of 1964 for the present name, but that does not seem correct since these rilles had singular names with the Roman numeral designations in 1964. The center position (of unknown origin) given in the Gazetteer (and quoted in the title line above) is between the four major rilles, and, as indicated in the figure caption, the diameter given is large enough to encompass them all, plus possibly some rilles to the south. - JimMosher Oct 24, 2007

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L86: Rille system near the crater Prinz.


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