Mons Rumker: the Chang'e 5 Moon Landing Site

Mons Rümker is the Moon landing site of the lander-ascender spacecraft of Chang’e 5, China’s lunar sample return mission. It’s one of the most interesting volcanic areas of the Moon. To explore this unique feature, I made a video of Mons Rümker in Google Maps.

Mons Rümker in Google Maps
Mons Rümker in Google Maps.

The video opens with the bright crater Copernicus at the center of the view. It then centers on and zooms in on Mons Rümker, rotating around the plateau to show its 3D structure and relief.

I made the video by recording on my Chromebox a screencast of Google Maps at 1080p. Finding Mons Rümker may not be easy, as it's a subtle area and you need to know where to look for. Unfortunately, Google Maps doesn’t let you search for or share features on planetary bodies other than the Earth.

The video hopefully helps to locate the area in Google Maps, here’s how:

  1. visit
  2. zoom all the way out
  3. click Satellite
  4. click ☰ to open the menu
  5. click Globe
  6. zoom out more
  7. click Moon
  8. click 3D to show the controls you need to navigate to Mons Rümker 
  9. watch the video to locate Mons Rümker and navigate to it in Google Maps

You can also use your Android device to find Mons Rümker with a lunar globe app.

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