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 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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