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The lunar herringbone patternSeveral defined examples of the V shaped components of herringbone patterns observed on Apollo 17 and Apollo 15 metric and panoramic photographs are given along with an explanation on the impact mechanism for forming the V shaped structures. Observations of isolated crater chains having the herringbone patterns but not obviously associated with any primary crater are also included. Preliminary results indicate the lunar herringbone patterns are common to characteristics of secondary cratering and that the pattern results from the collision of material ejected from separated impact points.
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Legacy CDMS
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Oberbeck, V. R.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Morrison, R. H.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1973
Publication Information
Publication: Apollo 17 Prelim. Sci. Rept.
Subject Category
Space Sciences
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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