Cartan (crater)

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Cartan crater AS15-M-1629.jpg
Apollo 15 image
Coordinates4°12′N 59°18′E / 4.2°N 59.3°E / 4.2; 59.3Coordinates: 4°12′N 59°18′E / 4.2°N 59.3°E / 4.2; 59.3
Diameter16 km
Colongitude301° at sunrise
EponymÉlie J. Cartan

Cartan is a small lunar impact crater near the eastern edge of the Moon. It lies just to the west of the larger Apollonius. The rim is circular with a tiny crater along the eastern side. The interior floor is about half the diameter of the crater. A smaller crater attached to the southern rim is also attached to the north rim of Apollonius H, forming a short crater chain.

It was named after the French mathematician Élie Cartan in 1976.[1] Before, it was designated Apollonius D.


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