Goddard is a lava-floored crater ruin with nearby swirls on the edge of Mare Marginis. But this isn’t Goddard – it fooled me. Its the look-alike 117 km wide crater Thomson on the farside Mare Ingenii. The mare-covered surface looks like it has been walked across by a triangle-footed creature. Look closely and notice that the triangles point toward the upper right. These are bird’s foot style secondary craters probably from a young impact crater, but I don’t know which one - the farside is still alien to me! The swirls in Ingenii are like Reiner Gamma - surface deposits without any topography at all. Ingenii is exactly opposite to the Serenitatis basin – for some reason this swirl group and the Marginis one are antipodal to impact basins.
This spectacular Apollo 15 image is one of the 2200 recently added to Kipp Teague’s Project Apollo Archive.
Clementine Atlas plate 119
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