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Maria plains of the Lunar near-side

Maria plains of the Lunar near-side

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The lunar near-side is covered in features known as maria, which are defined as large, dark plains of solidified basaltic lava that make up the lowlands of the moon, which are also relatively crater poor. Many appear quite large and relatively circular suggesting they are large craters that were later filled-in with lava. In many instances, mountain ranges (Montes) can be found around the rims of these maria.
So, building on my work creating a detailed mosaic of the waxing moon, I decided to spend some time labelling the names of many features of our closest celestial neighbour. These include major craters, mountain ranges (Montes), wrinkle ridges (Dorsa), valleys (Vallis), rilles (Rima, Rimae), "oceans" (flat basaltic plains called maria), "bays" (Sinus), and "lakes" (Lacus).
Additionally, I thought it only fitting to add the locations of successful lunar landers from the space-race days of exploration (Surveyor (USA), Apollo (USA), Luna (Soviet)) to the more recent Chang'e missions (China).
The image shown here is a crop of the entire moon mosaic centered on an area I find particularly feature rich. Plus, the area contains the sites of many of the lunar landers.

A labelled map of the entire lunar near-side is in progress.

Materials

Print-only orders are printed on Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag material using speciality Giclee printing.

Print+matboard orders are printed on Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag material using speciality Giclee printing then housed in a white matboard (no glass cover)

Print+standard frame orders are printed on Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag material using speciality Giclee printing then housed in a white matboard with plexiglass and a mocha frame.

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