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Lat: 24.32°S, Long: 48.26°W, Diam: 37.57 km, Depth: 2.36 km, Rükl 51

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LOIV 149 H1 Liebig is the crater at center, with Mersenius D partially visible in the upper left (faintly crossed by Rimae Mersenius II). What appears to be an extension of Rimae Mersenius I touches Liebig on the north. The rilles extending out from Liebig on the southwest may have been called Liebig I, II and III in the original IAU nomenclature of Blagg and Müller, however they seem also to have been associated with de Gasparis (out of the field to the lower left) and are currently regarded as part of Rimae de Gasparis.


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Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 2.36 km
    • Viscardy, 1985: 1.5 km

Bowl-shaped crater Liebig J (near the western "shoreline" of Mare Humorum, east of Liebig and Liebig F) shows up as an "eye" on the shadowless "Full Moon" photographs made by the Clementine and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiters. - DannyCaes Apr 13, 2014


  • IAU page: Liebig
  • Named for Justus von Liebig (May 12, 1803 – April 18, 1873), a German chemist who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry, and worked on the organization of organic chemistry. As a professor, he devised the modern laboratory-oriented teaching method, and for such innovations, he is regarded as one of the greatest chemistry teachers of all time. He is known as the "father of the fertilizer industry" for his discovery of nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient. He also developed a manufacturing process for beef extract, and founded a company that later trademarked the Oxo brand beef bouillon cube.
  • Eye (a nickname from D.Caes for Liebig J, see description in Additional Information above).

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Graphic LAC No No. 93. Excerpt from the USGS Digital Atlas of the Moon.


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