Hansen (crater)

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Hansen crater AS17-M-0274.jpg
Apollo 17 image
Coordinates 14°00′N 72°30′E / 14.0°N 72.5°E / 14.0; 72.5Coordinates: 14°00′N 72°30′E / 14.0°N 72.5°E / 14.0; 72.5
Diameter 39 km
Depth 1.5 km
Colongitude 288° at sunrise
Eponym Peter A. Hansen
Oblique view also from Apollo 17

Hansen is a lunar impact crater that is located near the eastern limb of the Moon. At this location the crater appears oval due to foreshortening, but the crater is actually nearly circular. It lies to the northeast of the larger crater Condorcet, and to the south of the smaller Alhazen.

The outer wall of Hansen is sharp-edged, with a slight outward bulge to the southwest. The inner wall drops downward to a shelf of slumped material, then to a slightly bowl-shaped interior. There is a central peak formation at the midpoint of the interior.

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 Hansen.

Hansen Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 13.3° N 74.3° E 13 km
B 14.3° N 79.9° E 80 km