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Rimae Prinz (with
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Rimae Prinz (with Rima Beethoven//, //Rima Handel//, and //Rima Telemann)
Apollo 15 image AS15-M-2195
The north rim of 46-km
is in the lower left with 4-km
along the margin at left center. The small, possibly volcanic, craters
are also visible. The elongated peak in the center was apparently once regarded as part of
, with the northern part being named
. The IAU’s
includes the four large rilles around this peak, and probably the one starting in the
. The thinner rille in the extreme upper left is an extension of the the neighboring
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, an orbital Hasselblad of
, was included on pages 258-259 of the splendid article
TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON
by Kenneth F. Weaver (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, february 1972).
Raffaello Lena describes the Prinz Rille system in detail, working from and comparing measurements made using personal photographs and Apollo images in
Selenology: Journal Of The American Lunar Society
, Vol. 27, 2
A possible lava tube near the Prinz Rilles was designated a Constellation Program
Region of Interest
Named from nearby crater. (
Long noted by Earth-based observers, in the original IAU nomenclature of
Blagg and Müller
the rilles to the west of the elongated peak were known as
(the westernmost one, emanating from
(the one to its east, starting near
and winding to the immediate west of the elongated peak).
System of Lunar Craters
the two classic rilles were renamed
Rima Prinz I
Rima Prinz II
, and they appear with that designation on
(November, 1963). When the updated
appeared in November, 1979, the Roman numerals had been dropped and
, with the remaining rilles left unnamed. This is apparently because on
Rima Prinz II
had been provisionally renamed
(a name which was not accepted by the IAU.
: the rille with the slot was provisionally named
and the one to its east
. The provisional names proposed on the LTO were used in print in the 1977 article by Strain and El-Baz (see
In accordance with the
directive to assign “new and more appropriate designations” to the formerly Roman-lettered rilles, the IAU seems to have at some point adopted the current plural name
. But there is no record of this change in the
, so it is unclear if the plural was intended to encompass just the two “classically” named rilles, or a wider group.
IAU Planetary Gazetteer
gives an adoption date of 1964 for the present name, but that does not seem correct since these rilles had singular names with the Roman numeral designations in 1964. The center position (of unknown origin) given in the
(and quoted in the title line above) is between the four major rilles, and, as indicated in the figure caption, the diameter given is large enough to encompass them all, plus possibly some rilles to the south.
Oct 24, 2007
Rilles As Far As the Eye Can See in Prinz
Rimae Prinz Region – Region of Interest
: Rille system near the crater
Apollo Over the Moon
, Chapter 2:
, Figure 30. Chapter 6: Rimae (
Part 1: Sinuous Rimae
), Figures 191, 192, 193, and 194.
A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings
, pages 76, 77.
Strain, P. L. and El-Baz, F. 1977.
Topography of sinuous rilles in the Harbinger Mountains region of the moon
, vol. 16, Mar. 1977, p. 221-229.
Wood, C.A. Sep. 2004. Lava Rivers on the Moon.
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