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Lat: 1.8°N, Long: 10.2°E, Diam: 34 km, Depth: 3.2 km, Rükl: 34, Copernican

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- A "forgotten" Hasselblad photograph of Godin (AS10-31-4647) is included in the book FULL MOON by Michael Light and Andrew Chaikin (plate 32). A High-Resolution version of AS10-31-4647 is online in David Woods's Apollo 10 Flight Journal.
- Another "forgotten" Hasselblad photograph (of Godin) is AS10-32-4852 (in this frame, only Godin's eastern part was captured).
- Although only Apollo 10's and Apollo 12's crews made orbital Hasselblad photographs of Godin, Apollo 16's Fairchild Metric/Mapping camera made a series of interesting oblique northward-looking photographs of Godin and its northern neighbour Agrippa. One of these photographs; AS16-M-0836, shows both Godin and Agrippa near the central part of the curved horizon.
- Apollo 12's orbital oblique northward looking Hasselblad AS12-52-7723 shows Godin above the frame's centre, Agrippa near the frame's upper left corner, and Lade near the frame's upper right corner.
Additional research orbital Apollo photography: Danny Caes


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Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) GODIN.--A square-shaped ring-plain, 28 miles in diameter, with rounded corners. The bright rampart is everywhere lofty, except on the S., is much terraced, and includes a central mountain. On the S. a curious trumpet-shaped valley, extending some distance towards the S.E., and bounded by bright walls, is a noteworthy feature at sunrise. There are other longitudinal valleys with associated ridges on this side of the formation, all running in the same direction. There is a large bright crater outside the border on the N.W., and, between it and the wall, another, smaller, which is readily seen under a high sun.

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Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    Pike, 1976: 3.2 km
    Westfall, 2000: 3.2 km
    Viscardy, 1985: 3.2 km
    Cherrington, 1969: 3.2 km
  • Included in ALPO list of bright ray craters
  • Main peak = 1.7 km (1648 m approx., - calculated) from shadows in LO Frame 4097 H1 using LTVT) - JohnMoore2
  • Near the two fine craters Agrippa and Godin, Schroter once saw for a short time on the dark side, a minute point of light. Source: T.W.Webb's Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes (Volume 1: The Solar System), page 118.- DannyCaes May 21, 2012


Louis Godin (February 28, 1704 - September 11, 1760) was a French astronomer. Godin was a member with Charles Marie de La Condamine and Pierre Bouguer of the expedition sent to Peru in 1735 to determine the length of a degree of the meridian in the neighbourhood of the equator. This would also determine whether the earth's diameter were greater at the equator than at the poles, as had been conjectured by Isaac Newton.

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