Rittenhouse (crater)

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Coordinates 74°30′S 106°30′E / 74.5°S 106.5°E / -74.5; 106.5Coordinates: 74°30′S 106°30′E / 74.5°S 106.5°E / -74.5; 106.5
Diameter 26 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 255° at sunrise
Eponym David Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse is a small lunar crater that is located in the southern part of the Moon's far side. It lies amidst the western outer ramparts of the immense walled plain Schrödinger. To the west is the prominent crater Hale, just visible from the Earth along the lunar limb.

This is a rounded but not quite circular formation, with a slightly boxy appearance. The rim edge is sharply defined and has received little wear from minor impacts. The inner wall is almost featureless, sloping smoothly down to the rugged and irregular interior.

This crater is named after David Rittenhouse the great descendant of William Rittenhouse who came from Prussia in the late 17th century.[citation needed]