Anders (crater)

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Anders (crater)
Anders crater 5026 h1.jpg
Oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 image
Coordinates 41°18′S 142°54′W / 41.3°S 142.9°W / -41.3; -142.9Coordinates: 41°18′S 142°54′W / 41.3°S 142.9°W / -41.3; -142.9
Diameter 40 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 143° at sunrise
Eponym William Anders

Anders is a worn lunar impact crater that is located in the southern hemisphere on the far side of the Moon. It lies just to the southeast of the outer rim of the huge walled basin named Apollo. To the south-southeast is the crater Leavitt.

The oval-shaped Anders G intrudes slightly into the southeast rim of Anders. There is a tiny double-crater formation attached to the exterior of the northeast rim, and a short valley cuts into the northern wall. The interior floor is relatively flat, and is marked only by a tiny crater on the eastern wall.

Anders crater is named after the American astronaut William Anders, crew of the Apollo 8 mission in 1968, which was the first manned mission to the moon, and therefore Anders was one of the three first humans to see this crater on the far side of the moon. Two nearby craters are named after the other two crew members, Frank Borman (Borman crater) and Jim Lovell (Lovell crater).

Satellite craters[edit]

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Anders.

Anders Latitude Longitude Diameter
D 40.4° S 140.5° W 23 km
G 41.8° S 141.9° W 18 km
X 39.7° S 143.8° W 21 km

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