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Lat: 0.6°S, Long: 24.2°E, Diam: 6 km, Depth: 1.3 km, Rükl: 46

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Moltke and Rima Hypatia (NASA's "U.S. Highway Number One"), submitted by Stefan Lammel
AS10-29-4324 (LPI Apollo Image Atlas).
AS10-29-4324HR (Apollo 10 Flight Journal, David Woods).


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- AS10-31-4537, AS10-31-4601, and AS10-32-4724 show Moltke and NASA's U.S. Highway Number One (the IAU's Rima Hypatia).
- AS11-37-5447 also shows Moltke and U.S. Highway Number One near the photograph's left margin, and Apollo 11's distant CSM Columbia below and right of the photograph's centre.
- AS11-42-6326 shows Moltke just after local sunrise. The LPI's description below the photograph ("Maskelyne G" and the coordinates) are errors.
- Lunar Orbiter 3's Frame 072-h2 is a magnificent close-up of the eastern part of Moltke's rim. Note the boulders and rocks on and near the rim!
- Moltke was also captured on Apollo 16's orbital panoramic ITEK-camera photograph AS16-P-5307 (near the right margin of the frame).
Additional research Lunar Orbiter 3, Apollo 10, Apollo 11, and Apollo 16 photography: Danny Caes


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Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    Pike, 1976: 1.3 km
    Westfall, 2000: 1.3 km
    Viscardy, 1985: 1.31 km
    Cherrington, 1969: 0.73 km
  • A thermal anomaly crater, implying a youthful age - Moore et al, 1980


  • Helmuth Karl Graf von Moltke; Prussian field-marshal (1800-1891). For thirty years, Moltke was the much admired chief-of-staff of the Prussian army.
  • Quoting Who's Who on the Moon, His name is commemorated on the Moon in recognition of his great service to selenography in promoting the publication of Schmidt's lunar map by the Prussian Government.- tychocrater Aug 9, 2007
  • Moltke B was called "Little Moltke" during the hey-days of Apollo's first lunar missions (source: Phil Stooke's LPOD).

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