(unofficial name; IAU crater name: Mendeleev, 313 km diam)
|Lat: 5.38°N, Long: 141.7°E, Main ring diam: 325.13 km, Basin depth: 4.8-5.0 km, Rükl: (farside)|
(description of terms and most numeric basin data from Wood, C.A. (2004) Impact Basin Database)
|Certainty of Existence
||Wilhelms Age Group
||140, 365 km
||No; -40 mG gravity anomaly|
- IAU page: Mendeleev
- The IAU crater name honors Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev (1834-1907); a Russian chemist .
- The impact basin is named after the crater.
- This crater was identified in Lunik 3 imaging and given its present name in the Russian Atlas of the Far Side of the Moon (1960). The name was approved in IAU Transactions XIB (1961), although considerably revised coordinates were later published in Menzel, 1971.
- During planning for Apollo 8, the first manned circumlunar mission (1968), astronauts and mission planners (perhaps unaware that this crater already had a name, or uncertain of its identification), referred to Mendeleev by the informal name of "Florida" (source: Phil Stooke's LPOD).
- In NASA SP-232 Analysis of Apollo 10 Photography and Visual Observations, it (Mendeleev) is called Basin IX, or Crater IX, or Sea IX.- DannyCaes Aug 4, 2010