Farside Directory - Ridge Section  95

                                    Left.  Ridge Section 95; Right: Cropped 1200 dpi USGS color chart of Section 95                                            

Larger version of Region
USGS Chart 2030N-140160
Lunascan Quad of Sections 085, 086 095, 096
LRO Wide Angle Camera_48_wac.pdf
LRO  Wide Angle Camera 49 in pdf

27.3N 147.9E
Mare Moscoviense is a lunar mare that sits in the Moscoviense basin and is the dominating feature of Ridge Section 095 and one of the very few maria on the far side of the Moon. Like Mare Marginis, this mare appears to be fairly thin. However, it is clearly centered within a large impact basin. It is also much lower than either the outer basin floor or the farside highlands. The great depth of this mare beneath the nearby highlands probably explains why mare units are so rare on the lunar farside. Very few basins on the farside were deep enough to allow mare volcanism. Thus, while large impact basins are found on both the nearside and farside, large maria are mostly found on the nearside. Mare lavas apparently could reach the surface more often and more easily there. The crater Komarov (Ridge Section 096) is to the southeast of the mare, and the crater Titov is in the northern region of the mare. This region was named Mare Moscovrae after the first images of the far side were returned by Luna 3. However, today only the name Mare Moscoviense is recognized by the IAU and in current use.  (Credit: Some of the information used in the section feature descriptions was obtained from Section 95 and this directory was created by Fran Ridge and Ned Haskin of The Lunascan Project).

             USEFUL TOOLS:

Lunar Farside Chart [300 dpi] (NASA/LPI)
Farside Image Composite [1600 dpi] (NASA/LRO)
Farside-contour-map-gray2800.jpg (Bob Garfinkle) *

Mare Moscoviense, 277 km
Belyaev, 54 km

Lunar & Planetary Institute: (Atlas) (Photo Gallery)

APOLLO IMAGES: (Apollo Image Atlas)


LUNAR RECONNAISANCE ORBITER IMAGES: (Constellation Mission site) (Constellation Mission site)


RESEARCH UPDATES: (Mare Moscoviense) (Lithological mapping of central part of M. Moscoviense)