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Artemis (with Felix and Verne)

Lat: 25.0°N, Long: 25.4°W, Diam: 2 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 20

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LO-IV-133H. The other IAU-named features in this field south of Mons La Hire and between Euler and Lambert are Felix and Verne


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During NASA's Apollo era, the triplet Artemis, Felix, and Verne was captured on Apollo 15's orbital panoramic ITEK-camera frames AS15-P-10264 and 10269.
See also Apollo 17's ITEK frame AS17-P-3094 (scroll rightward beyond the frame's centre).
Research Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 photography: Danny Caes


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In the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (C.A.Wood/ M.Collins) the Artemis cluster's location is detectable just below the "E" of MARE IMBRIUM, at Chart 21 (page 55).- DannyCaes Oct 6, 2013


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Among many officially unnamed examples of the same sort of small depressions in Mare Imbrium, the cluster Artemis-Felix-Verne is one of the typical sources of small parts of one of the ejecta-rays from Copernicus (this is the well-known impact crater which is located south of Mare Imbrium and the Montes Carpatus). With a bit of imagination, each one of these small clusters could be seen as some sort of two-dimensional representations of "comet nuclei" with adjacent "comet tails" (the tails of these so-called "comets" are the segments of the ejecta-rays from impact craters such as Copernicus).
A whole string of "nuclei" with adjacent "comet tails" shows up as an individual ideal ray diverging out of a pronounced impact crater. There are two such ideal rays north of Copernicus, which I call the Sixteen-West ray and the Nineteen-West ray. These rays are running at approximately 16 degrees West (the eastern one of the two) and at 19 degrees West (the western one of the two). See the photographic LAC 40 chart in the Clementine Atlas of the Moon (Ben Bussey/ Paul Spudis), or the Full Moon photograph on page 80 in the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (Charles A. Wood/ Maurice J.S. Collins).
- DannyCaes Aug 16, 2015


  • The IAU Planetary Gazetteer attributes this name to a mythological figure, the Greek Moon goddess Artemis.
    • Although derived from the name of a goddess, Artemis actually appears to have been approved as a generic first name, honoring no person in particular.
  • According to NASA RP-1097, "Artemis" is a Minor Feature whose name was originally intended only for use in connection with Topophotomap 40A4/S1 (on which it is plotted).
  • The name was approved, along with many other Topophotomap names, in IAU Transactions XVIIB (1979).
  • The people of the International Astronomical Union (I.A.U.) made strange decisions. Why is the cluster of depressions just north-northwest of the Artemis-Felix-Verne group not named? - DannyCaes Aug 16, 2015

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