Kondratyuk (crater)

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Kondratyuk crater AS15-M-0899.jpg
Apollo 15 mapping camera image of Kondratyuk. North is in upper left. Kondratyuk A is at top, Kondratyuk Q at bottom.
Coordinates 14°54′S 115°30′E / 14.9°S 115.5°E / -14.9; 115.5Coordinates: 14°54′S 115°30′E / 14.9°S 115.5°E / -14.9; 115.5
Diameter 98 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 245° at sunrise
Eponym Yuri V. Kondratyuk
Oblique angle view of Kondratyuk from Apollo 15. NASA photo.

Kondratyuk is a worn crater on the Moon's far side. It is located to the west-northwest of the large walled plain Fermi, and to the northeast of the crater Hilbert. To the north-northwest is Meitner, and to the northeast lies Langemak.

This is an eroded crater formation with a rim that has been partly damaged by subsequent impacts. The small, sharp-rimmed satellite crater Kondratyuk A lies on the interior floor, along the northeast inner wall. In the southwest part of the floor is Kondratyuk Q.

Prior to formal naming by the IAU in 1970,[1] Kondratyuk was called Crater 278.[2]

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 Kondratyuk.

Kondratyuk Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 14.2° S 115.5° E 25 km
Q 15.7° S 114.7° E 28 km


  1. ^ Kondratyuk, Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN)
  2. ^ Lunar Farside Chart (LFC-1A), 2nd Edition October 1967