Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera


Taurus Littrow Valley

South Massif is located at the edge of the Serenitatis impact basin on the Moon's nearside and borders the Taurus Littrow Valley where the Apollo 17 astronauts landed and explored. This oblique view dramatically shows the north-facing slope of South Massif, with the 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles) diameter Ching-Te crater in the background. From summit to base, the massif's relief of 2,200 meters (1.4 miles) exceeds that of the Grand Canyon (1,857 meters / 1.2 miles).

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