Stetson (crater)

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Stetson
Stetson crater WAC.jpg
LRO WAC image of Stetson at left, with Stetson E and G at right
Coordinates39°36′S 118°18′W / 39.6°S 118.3°W / -39.6; -118.3Coordinates: 39°36′S 118°18′W / 39.6°S 118.3°W / -39.6; -118.3
Diameter64 km
DepthUnknown
Colongitude120° at sunrise
EponymHarlan T. Stetson
Oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 image facing west with Stetson at center and Stetson E and G below center

Stetson is the remains of a crater on the far side of the Moon. The northeastern part of the rim of Stetson has been overlain by the larger crater Blackett. Lying across the eastern rim is a double-crater formation consisting of the satellites Stetson E and Stetson G. There are also small craters along the southeast and northwestern rims.

Only the portion of the rim that is still relatively intact is from the west-northwest counter-clockwise to the south. The surviving rim and the remaining interior floor are relatively indistinct, possibly due to deposits of ejecta from the Mare Orientale impact basin to the northeast. Radial streaks of ejecta and secondary craters cover the terrain that surrounds Stetson and Blackett.

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 Stetson.

Stetson Latitude Longitude Diameter
E 39.4° S 117.0° W 38 km
G 39.9° S 117.2° W 23 km
N 43.2° S 120.2° W 18 km
P 41.8° S 119.8° W 24 km

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