GEOLOGICAL MAPPING AND MINERALOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF IMPACT MELT DEPOSITS AT LUNAR CRATER COPERNICUS: PEEKING INTO THE CRATERING PROCESS AND TARGET PROPERTIES
Some of the interesting observations from this investigation include:
i) Systematic mineralogical trends on the crater floor. Clast-poor NW quadrant of the crater floor exhibits olivine and low Ca-pyroxene mineralogy. Clast-rich southern floor section mostly exhibits high Ca-pyroxene mineralogy.
ii) Potential influence of topography on melt morphology. The smooth NW quadrant also has the lowest elevation on the crater floor. The smooth (clast-poor) morphology of this melt unit could therefore be the result of melt drainage from topographically higher floor sections or it may be primary in nature.
iii) Wider areal coverage of the central uplift. Large coherent blocks, coated with impact melt, occur close to the central peaks and could be subdued sections of the central uplift.
Some of the observed trends at Copernicus have also been noted at other craters  indicating some systematics which could perhaps be utilized in interpreting the cratering process. These results from Copernicus would be presented and contrasted with observations from other mapped craters.
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