Geologic Exploration of Taurus-Littrow: Apollo 17 Landing Site

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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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Geologic Exploration of Taurus-Littrow: Apollo 17 Landing Site
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/science.182.4113.672
Volume 182
Issue 4113
Year Published 1973
Language English
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 9 p.
First page 672
Last page 680
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