The Moon's Surface

Two main kinds of surface
Region near the lunar pole.

Images from Galileo spacecraft.
The far side has only highlands.

Various groups of astronauts have gone there.
Note the mountains in the background.
There are little craters everywhere.

Sometimes there are bigger craters.
Note the footprints.

Here are some more footprints.
The whole surface is covered with regolith = ground up rock.

What was that channel?

Here is is from space.
Presumably it is a crack in the lava flow.

There are big rocks too.

This region is called the Taurus-Littrow region.

The far side is pretty cratered.

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Davison E. Soper, Institute of Theoretical Science, University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403 USA