This map shows the regional setting of the landing site for the Apollo 15 mission. The area lies approximately 650 km southeast of the center of the Imbrium basin, a large basalt-filled multi-ringed structure in the northwest quadrant of the Moon’s near side. Several arcuate structures surround the Imbrium basin (Hartmann and Kuiper, 1962). The most prominent of these forms the northwest-facing scarp of the Apennine Mountains that crosses the area from NNE to SSW. The scarp is a major structural boundary separating mostly basin-fill deposits to the northwest from either basin-synchronous or pre-basin deposits to the southeast. Of special interest is Rima Hadley, one of the widest and freshest appearing sinuous rilles on the Moon. It cuts through the mare surface to a maximum depth of about 400 meters and may expose in its walls a substantial section of the post-basin basalt. Rimae Fresnal and Rima Bradley are typical linear rilles older than Rima Hadley and do not cut mare materials. This area was previously mapped geologically at the 1:1,000,000-scale by Hackman (1966) from telescopic data.
|Title||Geologic maps of the Apennine-Hadley region of the Moon Apollo 15 pre-mission maps|
|Authors||M. H. Carr, K. A. Howard, Farouk El-Baz|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||Astrogeology Science Center|