Mösting (crater)

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Mosting crater 4108 h3.jpg
Coordinates 0°42′S 5°54′W / 0.7°S 5.9°W / -0.7; -5.9Coordinates: 0°42′S 5°54′W / 0.7°S 5.9°W / -0.7; -5.9
Diameter 26 km
Depth 2.8 km
Colongitude 6° at sunrise
Eponym Johan S. von Mösting
Closeup of Mösting from Lunar Orbiter 3
Oblique view from Apollo 16, facing north.
The rayed crater Mösting C, from Lunar Orbiter 3

Mösting is a small lunar impact crater that is located in the southeastern fringes of the Mare Insularum. The ruined crater Sömmering lies to the northwest. About 55 km southeast is the large crater-bay of Flammarion. Nearly a crater diameter north is the equator.

Mösting has a terraced inner wall and a small central hill at the midpoint of the floor.

To the south-southeast lies the bowl-shaped Mösting A. This small feature formed the fundamental location in the selenographical coordinate system. It was defined as having the following coordinates:

Latitude: 3° 12' 43.2" South
Longitude: 5° 12' 39.6" West

Later the coordinate system became even more precisely defined using the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment.

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 Mösting.

Mösting Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 3.2° S 5.2° W 13 km
B 2.7° S 7.4° W 7 km
C 1.8° S 8.0° W 4 km
D 0.3° S 5.1° W 7 km
E 0.3° N 4.6° W 44 km
K 0.7° S 7.4° W 3 km
L 0.6° S 3.4° W 3 km
M 1.3° S 4.3° W 31 km
U 3.2° S 6.6° W 18 km



  • "A Unified Lunar Control Network — The Near Side", Merton E. Davies, Tim R. Colvin, & Donald L. Mayer, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, 1987.

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