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Lat: 16.5°S, Long: 79.4°E, Diam: 55 km, Depth: 3.33 km, Rükl: 60

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- The crew of Apollo 8 (mankind's first manned spaceflight mission to orbit the moon) made south-looking oblique close up photographs of Behaim and its pronounced central peak. One of those photographs is AS8-13-2269. In this photograph, nearby Ansgarius is visible at the lower part of the frame.
Research: Danny Caes
HiRes scan of this photograph: David Woods and Frank O'Brien (Apollo 8 Flight Journal)


(LAC zone 99A2) USGS Digital Atlas PDF


Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) BEHAIM.--A great ring-plain, 65 miles in diameter, S. of Ansgarius, and connected with it by ridges. It has lofty walls and a central mountain.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Westfall, 2000: 3.33 km
  • Cherrington, 1969: 3.35 km


  • Named for Martin Behaim (October 6, 1459 – July 29, 1507), a German navigator and cartographer. On a visit to his native city in 1492, he constructed his famous terrestrial globe, called "the erdapfel" and still preserved at the Nuremberg National Museum.
  • According to Whitaker (p. 219), this name was introduced by Mädler.

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