Lunar Crater National Natural Landmark
Lunar Crater National Natural Landmark is a volcanic field landmark located 70 miles (110 km) east-northeast of Tonopah in Nye County, in central Nevada. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973.
In Sept. 1972, the crater was used by NASA to geologically train the Apollo Astronauts in recognizing volcanic features expected at the Apollo 17 landing site. Their field exercises included two rover traverses. Astronauts who would use this training on the Moon included Apollo 16's John Young and Charlie Duke, besides Apollo 17's Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt. Notable geologist instructors included William R. Muehlberger.
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- Phinney, William (2015). Science Training History of the Apollo Astronauts. NASA SP -2015-626. p. 254.
- National Park Service - official Lunar Crater National Natural Landmark website
- Bureau of Land Management: Lunar Crater Back Country Byway
- Lunar Crater National Natural Landmark, Great Basin, Nevada