Lovell (crater)

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Lovell crater 5026 h2.jpg
Oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 image
Coordinates 36°48′S 141°54′W / 36.8°S 141.9°W / -36.8; -141.9Coordinates: 36°48′S 141°54′W / 36.8°S 141.9°W / -36.8; -141.9
Diameter 34 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 143° at sunrise
Eponym Jim Lovell

Lovell is a small lunar crater that lies across the eastern edge of the walled plain Apollo, on the far side of the Moon. It has a somewhat irregular shape, with outward bulges to the north and west. The rim is sharp-edged, with some slight wear along the northwestern bend. The featureless inner walls slope directly down to the uneven interior floor.

Lovell crater is named after the American astronaut Jim Lovell, crew member of the Apollo 8 mission in 1968, which was the first manned mission to the moon. Two nearby craters are named after the other two crew members, Frank Borman (Borman crater) and William Anders (Anders crater).

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 Lovell.

Lovell Latitude Longitude Diameter
F 36.7° S 138.2° W 24 km
R 37.7° S 144.0° W 24 km