The Apollo 15 landing area, termed Hadley-Apennine is situated in the north central part of the Moon (latitude 26* 04′ 54″ N. longitude 03* 39′ 30″ E) at the western foot of the majestic Apennine Mountains, and by the side of Hadley Rille. See figure 1. The Apennines rise 12,000 to 15,000 feet above the lunar surface and ring the southeastern edge of Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains). For comparison with Earth features, the steep western edge of the Apennine Mountains is higher than either the eastern face of the Sierra Nevadas in the western U.S. or the edge of the Himalayan Mountains that rises several thousand feet above the plains of India. The actual landing point was selected so the astronauts could study the sinuous Hadley Rille, the Apennine Mountain and several other geological features. A beautiful perspective view of the loval landing site, as seen from an angle of about 30 degrees, is shown in the precision that is available from modern-day digital computers and the insights that can come only from an artist. Thus the features are very accurately drawn but they are displayed in a way that the human eye will see them,
In the rest of this section, I will discuss the several geologic features present at the landing site: The APennine Mountains, Hadley Rille, the Cluster of craters at the foot of Hadley Mountain, and the North Complex. ALl of them are clearly visible in figure 7.
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