Rima Bradley

Rima Bradley is a northeast/southwest-trending linear rille located between Mare Imbrium and Palus Putredinis (very close to the Apollo 15 landing site). Rima Bradley probably formed as a result of tectonic stresses in the Imbrium basin. LROC WAC monochrome mosaic, illumination from left [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

Rima Bradley primarily traverses across highland terrain, but in this portion of an LROC NAC image the rille crosses a mare pond (center of the opening image). Image is 700 m across, illumination is from the right [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

This region is geologically complex, featuring sinuous rilles, mare volcanism, highland mountain ranges, and of course impact craters. Certainly future human missions are needed to explore this area in detail, but for now, explore the full-resolution LROC WAC monochrome mosaic and the full LROC NAC image!

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Posted by Lillian Ostrach on February 10, 2011 08:00 UTC.