Mendes Pinto (crater)

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Mendes Pinto
Planet Mercury
Coordinates 61°18′S 17°48′W / 61.3°S 17.8°W / -61.3; -17.8Coordinates: 61°18′S 17°48′W / 61.3°S 17.8°W / -61.3; -17.8
Diameter 214 km
Eponym Fernão Mendes Pinto

Mendes Pinto is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 214 kilometers.[1] Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1976. Mendes Pinto is named for the Portuguese adventurer Fernão Mendes Pinto, who lived from 1510 to 1583.[2]


  1. ^ Moore, Patrick (2000). The Data Book of Astronomy. Institute of Physics Publishing. ISBN 0-7503-0620-3. 
  2. ^ "Mendes Pinto". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. NASA. Retrieved 4 July 2012.