Lat: 5.5°S, Long: 89.7°E, Diam: 23 km, Depth: 0.45 km, Rükl: 49
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- An oblique westward view of the dark crater Swasey is noticeable in Apollo 17's ITEK-panoramic frame AS17-P-2889. Swasey's location is about halfway in that frame (scroll to the right).
- Swasey was also captured on Apollo 16's orbital ITEK-panoramic frame AS16-P-4351, and on Apollo 15's AS15-P-9725.
Research orbital ITEK-photography: Danny Caes
Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
- Westfall, 2000: 0.45 km
- Ambrose Swasey (December 19, 1846 - June 15, 1937) was an American mechanical engineer and inventor. He and Worcester R. Warner formed the machine tool firm Warner & Swasey Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio. The firm of Warner & Swasey became notable for their work on astronomical observatories and equipment. In 1885 Swasey completed work at McCormick Observatory on the 45-foot dome, which was the largest in the world, and had a unique, 3 shutter design. In 1887 Swasey built the mount for the 36-inch refracting telescope at Lick Observatory. In 1898 he manufactured a dividing engine for the U.S. Naval Observatory that was used to make the meridian circles. Both the building and dome of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory were made by Warner and Swasey Co. Other observatory telescopes and components were built by the company at the Kenwood Observatory, Yerkes Observatory, Argentia National Observatory, and the Case Institute Observatory. Both Warner and Swasey were amateur astronomers. In 1920 they made a joint donation to the Case Western Reserve University to fund the construction of an observatory. This was named the Warner and Swasey Observatory in their honor, and the observatory was used for research by the Case astronomy department. The observatory maintained by the department today is still known by this name today.
- This name appears on LTO-81B3. It does not appear to replace any previous IAU-approved designation. Although it appears in the cumulative list of approved names printed in IAU Transactions XVB, when and how it came to be approved is not entirely clear from the IAU record. - Jim Mosher
- Rima Swasey (an unofficial name for the rille on the floor of Swasey). http://bit.ly/2EdmUwD