Planitia Descensus (landingsite of Luna 9)

Lat: 7.1°N, Long: 64.4°W, Diam: 0 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 28
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LO-IV-162H The crater in the upper left is Cavalerius F.

Images

LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images
  • Frame 3214, made by Lunar Orbiter 3, shows an oblique view of Planitia Descensus and crater Galilaei in the distance.
  • Apollo 17's NIKON-camera photographs AS17-158-23895 and 23896 show Planitia Descensus near the upper margins of both frames (made in earthlight circumstances).
  • Research Lunar Orbiter 3 and Apollo 17 photography: Danny Caes

Maps

(LAC zone 56D2) LAC map Geologic map

Description

This IAU name commemorates the February 3, 1966 landing site of Luna 9, the first spacecraft from Earth to successfully soft-land on the Moon and return images from it. In the Lunar Orbiter image shown here, the official IAU coordinates are marked by a white cross on the peak to the right of center, but the actual landing was in a mare area. Many charts place the Luna 9 landing site in the plain immediately to the left of the cross. However NASA SP-241, which may be more definitive, places it to the right, almost touching the left side of the bright crescent. The position shown in SP-241 is approximately 7.19°N, 64.18°W

Although Planitia means "plain" the name is thought to refer, like Statio Tranquillitatis, to the landing site only, a feature of zero size, and not to the surrounding region.

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Planitia Descensus

Additional Information

  • Luna 9 was the first mission to establish that the lunar surface (at least at that point) could bear the weight of a spacecraft.
  • Robert Christy gives the landing site coordinates as 7.13 degrees north, 60.36 degrees west (the latter, giving a location near Reiner Gamma, is almost certainly a typo).
  • John Walker gives the landing site coordinates as 7.08 degrees north, 64.37 degrees west (a position on the peak, very close to the cross).

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