Sanford (crater)

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Sanford crater 5028 h2.jpg
Oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 image
Coordinates32°36′N 138°54′W / 32.6°N 138.9°W / 32.6; -138.9Coordinates: 32°36′N 138°54′W / 32.6°N 138.9°W / 32.6; -138.9
Diameter55 km
Colongitude140° at sunrise
EponymRoscoe F. Sanford

Sanford is a lunar impact crater that is located in the northern latitudes on the Moon's far side. It lies to the south-southeast of the crater Klute, and just to the west-northwest of Teisserenc. To the southwest lies Joule.

This is a circular crater formation with a worn outer rim. A pair of small craterlets lies along the eastern rim, and the satellite crater Sanford C is attached to the outer edge along the north-northwest. Attached to the southern exterior is what may be the remains of a larger, unnamed crater that is now considerably eroded.

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 Sanford.

Sanford Latitude Longitude Diameter
C 34.1° N 137.0° W 18 km
T 32.7° N 143.3° W 43 km
W 33.7° N 140.2° W 38 km
Y 33.7° N 139.2° W 22 km


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