The last region to be covered in this book is the West Limb, the eastern boundary of the far side dominated by the Orientale Basin (Figure 12.1). This completes the photographic coverage of the entire Moon that was begun in the companion volume, “Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon,” which started with the near side portion of the same area. Orientale, the youngest of the large basins, the one that ended the era of the basins, is on the leading edge of the Moon as it rotates around the Earth. This large basin and its ejecta establish the boundary in time between the Early Imbrian Period and the Late Imbrian Period.
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