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Lat: 16.6°N, Long: 72.6°W, Diam: 51 km, Depth: 3.52 km, Rükl: 17, Upper Imbrian

external image normal_Krafft_iv_174_h2_crop.jpgLuner Orbiter IV 174 H2


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Zond 7 (Krafft and environs, evening light).


(LAC zone 37C3) USGS Digital Atlas PDF


Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) KRAFFT.--A very similar object on the N., of about the same dimensions; with a central peak, and a large crater on the dark floor abutting on the S.E. wall, and another of about half the size on the outer side of the E. border. From this crater a very remarkable cleft runs to the N. wall of Cardanus: it is bordered on either side by a bright bank, and cuts through the N.E. border of the latter formation. It is best seen when the W. wall of Cardanus is on the morning terminator.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Westfall, 2000: 3.52 km
  • Viscardy, 1985: 1.25 km
  • Cherrington, 1969: 2.01 km

Krafft H and Krafft K, both westward of Krafft itself, show curious double rim sections. See LO-IV-174-h2- DannyCaes Aug 6, 2014


- Wolfgang Ludwig Krafft (1743-1814) was a German-Russian astronomer and physicist.
- Perhaps interesting to know that there was once a team of volcanologists (husband and wife) called the Kraffts (Katia and Maurice Krafft).- DannyCaes Nov 28, 2010
- Erroneously printed as "Kraft" (only one "f") instead of Krafft on page 67 (chart 27) in Chuck Wood's and Maurice Collins's 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (2012).- DannyCaes Jan 21, 2013

LPOD Articles

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A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings (Harold Hill), pages 80, 81.