The Korolev Basin was an early target of Lunar Orbiter I. The basin is named after Sergei Korolev, the chief designer of the first Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile, the R-7. He also led the design of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite of Earth. This series of exposures (see Figure 7.5) covers quite a large sample of the far side crust – about 40° in each dimension. An overview of the area is shown in Figure 7.1. As is typical for the highlands on both the near and far sides, the surface is fully battered by craters, one overlapping the other.
KeywordsRadial Profile Lunar Orbiter Basin Floor Mare Basalt Chief Designer
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