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Bowditch, immediately north of Lacus Solitudinis

Lat: 25.0°S, Long: 103.1°E, Diam: 40 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)

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Left: LROC WAC view (square in image is in reference to lava terraces within the crater).
Right: AS15-M-2358 Bowditch is the dark-floored elongated crater above center. The labels indicate IAU-approved minor feature names: Edith, Bawa, Karima, Fairouz and Rima Siegfried. Bawa is a pit along the west wall. It is completely in shadow in this view. The area shown here is on the northwest shore of Lacus Solitudinis and between the craters Titius and Perel'man.


LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images Apollo Images ASU Apollo Image Archive


(LAC zone 100C1) LTO map Topophotomap


Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

  • The shadow around the west rim of Bowditch indicates a height difference of up to about 1500 m in the north, decreasing to as little as 400 m near Bawa. The shadows do not reach into the area of apparent subsidence in the main part of the floor. - Jim Mosher
  • Terraces to ~3,5 km wide and 50 to 200 m above floor, suggesting lava originally that deep (Leverington, 2008). (incorrect link - can't find correct one)


  • Nathaniel Bowditch (March 26, 1773 – March 16, 1838) was an early American mathematician and astronomer remembered for his work on ocean navigation. He is often credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation. In 1804 he published an article on his observations of the Moon.
  • The name Bowditch is listed as provisional on LTO-100C1 (1975). It does not seem to have replaced a previously-named feature. - Jim Mosher
  • The crater between Edith and Rima Siegfried (on whose floor Karima and Fairouz lie) was given the provisional name “Siegfried” on Topophotomap 100C1/S1(and was used for its title). The name was not approved. - Jim Mosher

LROC Articles

Bowditch Lava Terraces

LPOD Articles


- Bowditch and Lacus Solitudinis:
APOLLO OVER THE MOON: A VIEW FROM ORBIT, Chapter 7: Unusual Features (part 1), Figures 230-231.