Catena Lucretius (RNII)

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Catena Lucretius (RNII)

Lat: 3.4°S, Long: 126.1°W, Length: 271 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)

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left: Clementine . right: LROC . Catena Lucretius at center, Lucretius at lower right corner; all image area is covered by Orientale Basin ejecta blanket.


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Catena Lucretius (RNII)

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List of Lunar Catenae.


  • This feature is named after the nearby crater, Lucretius. The parenthetical abbreviation (RNII) is based on the Russian spelling for the Rocket Research Institute, a scientific institute.
  • The name RNII was proposed for this feature on the Complete Map of the Moon (1967/1969) made under the direction of the Sternberg Institute, and presented to the IAU in 1967.
  • The idea of naming catenae after institutes was considered by the IAU starting in 1970.
  • Although the idea of naming catenae after institutes was ultimately rejected, Catena Lucretius (RNII) was among three catenae for which in 1979 the IAU began recommending that to "provide a cross-reference to the earlier Soviet lunar maps" the name be printed on maps followed by the initials in parenthesis.
  • It is unclear from the IAU Transactions when the name Catena Lucretius (without the parenthesis) had been assigned.

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