Nunn (crater)

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Nunn crater AS16-M-2118.jpg
Apollo 16 Mapping Camera image
Coordinates4°36′N 91°06′E / 4.6°N 91.1°E / 4.6; 91.1Coordinates: 4°36′N 91°06′E / 4.6°N 91.1°E / 4.6; 91.1
Diameter19 km
Depth1.3 km
Colongitude269° at sunrise
EponymJoseph Nunn
Oblique view from Apollo 17

Nunn is a lunar impact crater that is located just beyond the eastern limb of the Moon, along the northern edge of Mare Smythii. It was named after American engineer Joseph Nunn.[1] To the east of this crater is the much larger Babcock, and to the northwest is Jansky.

This is a circular, bowl-shaped crater with some impact wear along the northwestern rim and to a lesser degree along the southeastern edge. The remainder of the crater perimeter is relatively free of erosion, and the edge is well-defined. The darker-hued interior floor is about half the crater diameter, and is level and almost featureless.


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