Mountains Of The Moon


Behold: Mons Rümker: a 70km wide, 1100m high complex of volcanic domes in the great basaltic lunar mare of Oceanus Procellarum, the Ocean of Storms. To wit:

Daylight came to the area late last month. The lunar terminator, the shadow line between night and day, runs diagonally across the left side in this telescopic close-up of a waxing gibbous Moon from November 27. China’s Chang’e-5 mission landing site is also in the frame. The probe’s lander-ascender combination touch down on the lunar surface within a region right of centre and north of Mons Rümker’s domes on December 1. On December 3 the ascender left the Ocean of Storms carrying 2 kilograms of lunar material for return to planet Earth.

(Image: Jean-Yves Letellier)