Lat: 74.2°S, Long: 90.8°E, Diam: 83 km, Depth: 4.2 km, Rükl: (farside), Upper Imbrian
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- Sunset at Hale, as seen by a Hasselblad camera of Apollo 15, and captured on color film: AS15-96-13093. In this photograph, the location of Hale is near the frame's lower margin. See also the Hi-Res scan: AS15-96-13093 HR.
Research: Danny Caes.
- Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
- Westfall, 2000: 4.2 km
- Central peak composition: GNTA1 & AN (Tompkins & Pieters, 1999)
- TSI = 30, CPI = 25, FI = 20; MI =75 Smith and Sanchez, 1973
- The IAU feature name honors two men:
- George Ellery Hale (June 29, 1868 – February 21, 1938), an American solar astronomer. He helped found a number of observatories, including Yerkes Observatory and Mount Wilson Observatory. At Mount Wilson, he hired and encouraged Harlow Shapley and Edwin Hubble and did a great deal of fundraising, planning, organizing and promotion of astronomical institutions, societies and journals. Hale also played a central role in the development of Pasadena's California Institute of Technology (Caltech) into a leading research university, and in the building of the Palomar Observatory. Hale received the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's 1916 Bruce Medal and extensive links to information about him can be found there.
- William Hale (1797-1870), a British inventor and rocket pioneer. In 1844, Hale patented a new form of rotary rocket that improved on the earlier Congreve rocket design. Hale removed the guidestick from the design, instead vectoring part of the thrust through canted exhaust holes to provide rotation of the rocket, which improved its stability in flight.
- The naming of this previously unnamed limb feature for George Ellery Hale was proposed by Arthur and Whitaker in the Rectified Lunar Atlas (1963) and approved in IAU Transactions XIIB (1964).
- William Hale was added in Menzel, 1971.