Mena (Mercurian crater)

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Planet Mercury
Coordinates 0°12′S 124°24′W / 0.2°S 124.4°W / -0.2; -124.4Coordinates: 0°12′S 124°24′W / 0.2°S 124.4°W / -0.2; -124.4
Quadrangle Beethoven quadrangle
Diameter 25 km
Discoverer Mariner 10
Eponym Juan de Mena

Mena is a ray crater[1] in the Beethoven quadrangle on Mercury. It has a diameter of 25 kilometers.[2] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1976. Mena is named for the Spanish poet Juan de Mena, who lived from 1411 to 1456.[3]

Its ray systems protrudes as far west as the vicinity of Lysippus.[1] West of Mena is a larger unnamed crater whose ray system protrudes into that crater.[1] North is the much larger Vieira da SIlva crater.


  1. ^ a b c MESSENGER Picture of the Day, November 12, 2011
  2. ^ Moore, Patrick (2000). The Data Book of Astronomy. Institute of Physics Publishing. ISBN 0-7503-0620-3.
  3. ^ "Mena". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. NASA. Retrieved 4 July 2012.

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