Fra Mauro Highlands

Fra Mauro Highlands

Courtesy of NASA/JPL

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An overall view of a field of boulders on the flank of Cone Crater. The view is looking south across the lunar valley through which the Apollo 14 crew flew their lunar module during the final approach to landing. This is an example of lunar terra. The view is south across the lunar valley through which the Apollo 14 crew flew their lunar module during the final approach to landing is a field of boulders on the flank of Cone Crater. This area was selected as a landing site because it might contain material ejected from the Sea of Rains (bottom photograph) during the impact that created it. The landing site was 550 km south of the Montes Carpatus, which marks the southern edge of the Sea of Rains. Rocks similar to those in the top two images indicate that they were subjected to very high heat during the formation of the basin.