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Mendeleev Basin

(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)

external image normal_Mendeleev.jpg

external image normal_Mendeleev_Basin_LIDAR_LTVT.JPG

Left: LOI-116-M, Right: Clementine, Clementine LIDAR Altimeter texture from PDS Map-a-Planet remapped to north-up aerial view by LTVT. The dot is the center position and the white circles are estimates of the main ring position from Chuck Wood's Impact Basin Database. Grid spacing = 10 degrees.


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Kaguya HDTV oblique view ASU Apollo Image Archive


(LAC zone 66C1) LTO map

Basin Classification

(description of terms and most numeric basin data from Wood, C.A. (2004) Impact Basin Database)
Certainty of Existence
Wilhelms Age Group
Ring Diameters
Mare Thickness
140, 365 km
1.0 km
No; -40 mG gravity anomaly


Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information


  • 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

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