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Lat: 20.9°S, Long: 44.0°E, Diam: 64 km, Depth: 3.68 km, Rükl: 59

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LO-IV-065H The named satellite craters visible here are 10-km Santbech H (just outside the rim at 10 o’clock); 14-km Santbech J (outside the rim at 11 o’clock); 8-km Santbech D (just past 3 o’clock); and 12-km Santbech E (in the lower right).


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Although there seem to be no orbital Apollo photographs in the LPI's list of Santbech, this crater WAS photographed during the mission of Apollo 16. Santbech is visible near the central part of the curved horizon in south-looking oblique Fairchild-camera frame AS16-M-0680.
Research: Danny Caes.


(LAC zone 97B4) LAC map Geologic map


Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) SANTBECH.--A very prominent ring-plain, 46 miles in diameter, on the S.W. side of the Mare Foecunditatis, E. of Fracastorius. The continuity of its fine lofty rampart is broken on the E., where it rises nearly 10,000 feet above the floor, by a brilliant little crater just below the crest, and by a narrow gap on the S. The wall on the W. towers to a height of 15,000 feet above the interior. On its broad outer slope, near the summit, there is a fine crater, and S. of this running obliquely down the slope a distinct valley. On the N.W., where the glacis runs down to the level of the surrounding plain, there is a large crateriform object with a broken N. border, and a small crater opposite the opening. A long coarse valley runs from this latter object in a N.W. direction to the region E. of Bohnenberger. Santbech contains a prominent central peak.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 3.68 km
    • Viscardy, 1985: 4.5 km
    • Cherrington, 1969: 3.99 km
  • Central peak height
  • Central peak height for Santbech A


Daniel Santbech Noviomagus; Dutch mathematician, astronomer (unkn-fl. 1561).
  • The modern name derives from Riccioli's Santbechius (Whitaker, p. 214).
  • Santbech Beta (the central peak of Santbech).
  • Santbech Zeta (elongated hill southwest of Santbech, west-northwest of Santbech A).
  • Santbech Theta (tiny hillock northeast of Santbech, between Santbech and Monge).

For Santbech Beta, Zeta, and Theta, see Chart 86 in the Times Atlas of the Moon.

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