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Lat: 28.9°S, Long: 70.2°E, Diam: 78 km, Depth: 3.68 km, Rükl 60

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Legendre was photographed by the orbital Mapping/Metric Fairchild camera of Apollo 15. This crater was captured on several oblique south looking frames, such as AS15-M-2517, in which Legendre is visible near the central part of the curved horizon. The crater between Legendre and the curved horizon is Adams.
Research Danny Caes


(LAC zone 99D4) USGS Digital Atlas PDF


Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) LEGENDRE.--A fine ring-plain, 46 miles in diameter, on the S.W. of Phillips. According to Schmidt, there is a crater on the S. side of the floor. There is a small ring-plain, Adams, on the S.

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Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 3.68 km
  • Concentric crater northwest of Legendre(?).
    • The location of the concentric crater near Legendre (which was included as item N° 10 in C. A. Wood's list of 1978), should be immediately south of Palitzsch B (east of Palitzsch itself and northwest of Legendre). I have tried to detect this concentric crater on the Hi-Res scan of Lunar Orbiter 4's photograph LOIV-184-h2, alas... Perhaps there are much more detailed orbital photographs to discover (or to re-discover) the exact location of C. A. Wood's concentric crater "N° 10".
    • Research: Danny Caes
  • Dark spot immediately southeast of Legendre, at 30°30' South/ 72° East. The centre of this dark spot is a tiny curved valley-like trough, which (according to Charles Wood) could be a vent. See also LPOD December 4 2012, and LAC 99 (page 198) in B.Bussey's and P.Spudis's Clementine Atlas.- DannyCaes Dec 4, 2012


  • Named for Adrien-Marie Legendre (September 18, 1752 – January 10, 1833), a French mathematician. He made important contributions to statistics, number theory, abstract algebra and mathematical analysis.

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