David A. Kring, Ph.D.
Center for Lunar Science & Exploration (CLSE)
The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration added another video to its Atlas of Lunar Flyovers. In this new addition, we explore the floor of the Schrodinger basin.The direct link to the new flyover is HERE.
The Moon’s Schrödinger basin is the best preserved impact basin of its size. Its broad flat floor offers several safe landing sites and the geology within the basin is extraordinary. The two highest science priorities and over half of the science objectives outlined in the National Research Council (NRC) report The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon (2007) can be addressed with field studies and samples collected in Schrödinger basin.
|Schrödinger basin CLSE landing study 'Site B' (yellow ellipse), well within the 10 km safety 'walk-back' distance of the an unnamed 6.8 km Copernican Age crater that presumably excavated deep into the basin's intact peak rings, depositing valuable samples near the crater rim. (Further details on this site will be the subject of a future post.) The site, in context with the larger basin, is marked with a yellow arrow below. LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC) monochrome (643nm) observation M169698283C, LRO orbit 10142, September 3, 2011; angle of incidence 72.67° at 81.3 meters resolution, from 58.66 km [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].|
|The notably darker material surrounding Schrödinger basin's distinctive pyroclastic vent. Another landing site (green arrow, in an image showing the entire basin interior floor) is proposed near upper center right in this oblique LROC Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) field of view. LROC NAC mosaic M121415248LR, LRO orbit 3026, February 21, 2010; angle of incidence 81.66° (spacecraft slew -65.65° off nadir) rough resolution 3.7 meters from 53 km [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].|
Amundsen crater: CLSE lunar landing site study (February 5, 2013)
Scarps in Schrödinger (September 28, 2011)
Sampling Schrödinger (August 17, 2011)
A review of all things Schrödinger (August 31, 2010)
LOLA: Schrödinger basin (July 17, 2010)
Craters on the Schrödinger pyroclastic cone (April 24, 2010)