Goldstone Catena

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Goldstone Catena
Murasaki and Hiroshige craters m10 aom 6 21.gif
Mariner 10 stereo images of Murasaki and Hiroshige craters, Mercury. the image on the left was taken during the second flyby, that on the right at the first. The 125 km diameter Murasaki is on the left, and 140 km Hiroshige on the right. Extending downward from Murasaki crater is Goldstone Vallis
Feature type Catena
Coordinates 15°48′S 31°42′W / 15.8°S 31.7°W / -15.8; -31.7Coordinates: 15°48′S 31°42′W / 15.8°S 31.7°W / -15.8; -31.7
Eponym Goldstone Observatory

Goldstone Catena (Goldstone Vallis until March 2013) is a catena on Mercury located at 15.8 S, 31.7 W. It is named after Goldstone Observatory. While it superficially resembles a graben, it is a chain of overlapping secondary craters.[1]


  1. ^ De Hon, R.A.; D.H. Scott; J.R. Underwood, Jr. (1981). "Geologic Map of the Kuiper (H-6) Quadrangle of Mercury" (PDF).