Crater Mersenius C
This mosaic of three images, taken by the advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board SMART-1, shows the crater Mersenius C. The images are located at a longitude of 45.7° West, and at latitudes of 18.1° South, 19.7° South and 21.3° South, respectively. AMIE obtained this sequence on 13 January 2006, from a distance of 1195, 1172, 1149 kilometres from the surface, respectively. The ground resolution ranges from 104 to 108 metres per pixel. North is up.
Crater Mersenius C is positioned in the highland area between Mare Humorum and the Oceanus Procellarum. The crater has a diameter of 14 kilometres and is best visible for ground-based observers 4 days after first quarter Moon. The crater is surrounded by a system of grabens, which are fractures that form when the lunar surface sinks as a result of faults. They can be seen running diagonally across this image.
The larger crater Mersenius is 84 kilometres in diameter and lies ~225 km southwest of Mersenius C. The crater is named in honour of Marin Mersenne, a French mathematician, philosopher and physicist (1588-1648).
|Parameter||Top image||Centre Image||Bottom Image|
|Date||13 January 2006||13 January 2006||13 January 2006|
|Distance||1195 km||1172 km||1149 km|
|Longitude||45.7° W||45.7° W||45.7° W|
|Latitude||18.1° S||19.7° S||21.3° S|
|Resolution||108 m/pixel||106 m/pixel||104 m/pixel|