Hitchhiker's Guide to Rukl Chart 74

Baco (David North <d _at_ timocharis.com>)
At last, we come to Baco: the inventor of Baco Bits.

Well, no, really it's Roger Bacon, famous Frier. Er, Friar. Anyway, the crater gives the impression of being distended on the western side, and convinces me this is a fair example of a somewhat oblique hit. The rumpling toward the west, along with the thicker ejecta blanket (almost nonexistent to the east) is fairly convincing. I decided to try to hunt for some secondary craters, but the south is such a mess that I had little luck. Also, this is probably a moderately old crater, so much of the "evidence" may be rubble by now.

Mutus and Manzinus (David North <d _at_ timocharis.com>)
Mutus and Manzinus (too bad the latter isn't "Jeffus" instead) make an interesting pair, both with flattish floors, similar tone, and not too different in size. Mutus is a bit smaller, and probably a bit newer, and has three distinct internal impacts making it a very interesting and intricate crater. Some small detail can still be seen in the wall terraces, and a curious cut runs through the northern wall. Manzinus, on the other hand, is more "blended." It also had internal craters, but they seem muted and vague by comparison. It also shows some small detail in its walls, but with less clarity. It's as if two craters were placed side by side to show the effects of age, as a study in lunar processes. Of course, the trio of Theophilus, Catherina and Cyrillus span a larger time frame, but these two can teach us quite a bit through their similarity as well as their contrasts.

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