Haldane (lunar crater)

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Haldane crater AS16-M-1608.jpg
Apollo 16 Mapping Camera image
Coordinates 1°42′S 84°06′E / 1.7°S 84.1°E / -1.7; 84.1Coordinates: 1°42′S 84°06′E / 1.7°S 84.1°E / -1.7; 84.1
Diameter 38 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 277° at sunrise
Eponym J. B. S. Haldane
Oblique view of Haldane from Apollo 16

Haldane is a lunar crater that is located in Mare Smythii, near the eastern limb of the Moon. The visibility of this formation is affected by libration, and even under favorable conditions it is highly foreshortened. It lies just to the west-northwest of the crater Runge, and to the east of Carrillo.

The interior of this floor has been flooded by lava, leaving only a low rim projecting up through the lunar mare. This rim is broken along the northwest face, leaving a gap into the interior. In the eastern half of the inner floor is a semi-circular feature that is concentric with the outer wall. There is also a low central ridge offset to the east of the interior midpoint.

Haldane is a somewhat extreme example of many fracture-floored craters in Mare Smythii.[1]


  1. ^ Motomaro Shirao, Charles A. Wood, 2011, The Kaguya Lunar Atlas: The Moon in High Resolution, Plate 6: Mare Smythii. Springer Publications