Condorcet (crater)

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Condorcet crater AS17-M-0764.jpg
Apollo 17 mapping camera image
Coordinates 12°06′N 69°36′E / 12.1°N 69.6°E / 12.1; 69.6Coordinates: 12°06′N 69°36′E / 12.1°N 69.6°E / 12.1; 69.6
Diameter 74 km
Depth 2.7 km
Colongitude 292° at sunrise
Eponym Marquis de Condorcet
Oblique view from Apollo 11 facing northwest from about 40 km altitude, with Promontorium Agarum at left and Mare Crisium in background

Condorcet is a lunar crater that is located in the eastern part of the Moon's near side, to the southeast of the Mare Crisium. To the northeast of Condorcet are the craters Hansen and Alhazen.

The outer rim of Condorcet is eroded, with a low saddle point along the northern wall and the satellite crater Condorcet Y lies across the northwestern rim. The interior floor has been resurfaced, leaving a level, nearly featureless surface that is marked only by a few tiny craterlets. The floor has a large dark patch in the western half, but the remainder is approximately the same albedo as the surrounding terrain.

Satellite craters[edit]

Apollo 11 view of five satellite craters of Condorcet. The large crater in the foreground is F, N is small and left of center, L is above center, Q is a large eroded crater in upper left, and R is a smaller crater above right of L.

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

Condorcet Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 11.5° N 67.3° E 14 km
D 9.8° N 68.5° E 22 km
E 11.3° N 68.1° E 6 km
F 8.2° N 73.1° E 37 km
G 10.7° N 68.0° E 7 km
H 12.4° N 65.0° E 23 km
J 13.1° N 65.0° E 16 km
L 10.1° N 73.7° E 12 km
M 9.0° N 73.1° E 9 km
N 9.0° N 72.9° E 4 km
P 8.7° N 70.4° E 46 km
Q 11.4° N 73.3° E 31 km
R 11.7° N 74.8° E 15 km
S 10.6° N 75.6° E 9 km
T 11.8° N 65.8° E 15 km
TA 12.2° N 65.7° E 14 km
U 10.0° N 75.4° E 9 km
W 13.9° N 66.9° E 33 km
X 10.1° N 69.9° E 8 km
Y 12.8° N 68.9° E 13 km

The following craters have been renamed by the IAU.