Apollo 17 landed in a deep graben valley embaying the mountainous highlands southeast of the Serenitatis basin. Impact-generated breccias underlie the massifs adjacent to the valley, and basalt has flooded and leveled the valley floor. The dark mantle inferred from orbital photographs was not recognized as a discrete unit; the unusually thick regolith of the valley floor contains a unique high concentration of dark glass beads that may cause the low albedo of much of the surface.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Geologic Exploration of Taurus-Littrow: Apollo 17 Landing Site|
|Publisher||American Association for the Advancement of Science|
|Contributing office(s)||Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center|
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