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Lat: 7.9°S, Long: 7.4°E, Diam: 29 km, Depth: 2.98 km, Rükl: 45

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Apollo 16 M572


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Plus two "forgotten" Hasselblads of Hind: AS12-50-7429 and AS12-50-7430.
Additional research: Danny Caes


(LAC zone 77B3) LAC map Geologic map LM map AIC map LTO map


Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) HIND.--A ring-plain, 16 miles in diameter, a few miles E. of Halley, with a peak on its W. wall 10,000 feet above the floor. The border is broken both on the S.W. and N.W. by small craters.

[Horrocks, Halley, and Hind may be regarded as strictly belonging to Hipparchus.]

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Arthur, 1974: 2.98 km
  • Westfall, 2000: 2.98 km
  • Viscardy, 1985: 2.98 km
  • Cherrington, 1969: 2.8 km

A unique photograph

AS12-51-7501 is "not just another" orbital Hasselblad photograph of crater Hind (in the upper right corner of this low-res LPI version). Although it was made through one of the small windows of Apollo 12's CSM Yankee Clipper, the most remarkable fact about this photograph is: it is the only Apollo-Hasselblad which shows the Lunar Module (L.M. Intrepid) surrounded by lunar background, instead of black space!
A medium-resolution version of this photograph shows LM Intrepid "below" the lunar horizon. There's also a King-Size Hi-Res version of this photograph, online in Kipp Teague's PROJECT APOLLO ARCHIVE.
Additional research: Danny Caes


- John Russell Hind (May 12, 1823–December 23, 1895) was a British astronomer. He is notable for being one of the early discoverers of asteroids. He also discovered and observed the variable stars and discovered Nova Ophiuchi 1848 (V841 Ophiuchi), the first nova of modern times (since the supernova SN 1604).
- It's a bit strange to think that the name of this crater (W.R.Birt's Hind) could have been M.F.Van Langren's Trautmansdorffii, according to page 200 of Ewen A. Whitaker's Mapping and Naming the Moon (1999).- DannyCaes May 27, 2013

LPOD Articles


Crater Hind: APOLLO OVER THE MOON; A VIEW FROM ORBIT, Chapter 3: The Terrae (Part 2), Figure 49.

John Russell Hind in the Sourcebook Project:

  • Historical Sun-Darkenings (Nature, 1879) (Dark Days), see: Tornados, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and related weather phenomena (William R. Corliss, The Sourcebook Project, 1983).

Vulcan: the lost intramercurial planet

  • The Intra-Mercurial Planet or Planets (Nature, 1876), see: Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (William R. Corliss, The Sourcebook Project, 1979).
  • Stellar Objects seen during the Eclipse of 1869 (Nature, 1878), see: Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (William R. Corliss, The Sourcebook Project, 1979).