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Kosberg - on the floor of Gagarin

Lat: 20.2°S, Long: 149.6°E, Diam: 15 km, Depth: 1.25 km, Rükl: (farside)

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Clementine - Kosberg is the crater at top left.


LPOD Photo GalleryLunar Orbiter Images
- Crater Kosberg with its curious hilly floor was captured on Apollo 15's orbital ITEK-panoramic frames AS15-P-8916 and AS15-P-8921.
Research: Danny Caes


(LAC zone 102B3) USGS Digital Atlas PDF LTO map
LM map (unlabeled crater along margin to left of Gagarin G)


Why in the world was this little crater named? See the LPOD for the complete history. Gagarin G is a great landmark; Kosberg is a very typical tired simple crater partially filled in with debris.
-- Chuck Wood

It would seem that the craters inside Gagarin are being used as a kind of cemetery to commemorate persons involved in the history of Russian aeronautics, not all of whom are yet dead. Inside Gagarin, there are perhaps a dozen or two craters available that are as interesting and recognizable as Kosberg, of which six have so far been assigned names. I know nothing about Kosberg or his claim to immortality; but as in other cemeteries, one might guess that the more prominent plots have been reserved for the more prominent celebrities. Perhaps this particular crater was chosen because, from the limited number sites available, it seemed best to fit his position in the constellation of Soviet luminaries. Indeed, though deserving recognition, Kosberg may have been a typical tired and simple man.
- Jim Mosher

Additional Information


Semyon Ariyevich Kosberg (October 1, 1903 - January 3, 1965) was a Soviet constructor, expert in the field of aircraft and rocket engines; he supervised the construction of a series of liquid fuel rocket engines.

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