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Lat: 65.0°S, Long: 88.1°W, Diam: 167 km, Depth: 6.02 km, Rükl: 71, Upper Imbrian

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left: South-up view by Wes Higgins . right: LROC . Bailly at right border of image; the massif at left bottom corresponds to Doerfel gamma .


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  • Hausen was also captured near the lower margin of Lunar Orbiter IV's frame LO-IV-187-med.
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(LAC zone 143B2) USGS Digital Atlas PDF


Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) HAUSEN.--A ring-plain, close to the limb, N. of Bailly, which, but for its position, would be a fine object. It is, however, never sufficiently well placed for observation.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 6.02 km
    • Viscardy, 1985: 3.8 km
  • The shadows in Lunar Orbiter image IV-193H2 indicate rim heights of 5500 to 6000 m above the crater floor. - Jim Mosher
  • Exterior impact melt deposits most extensive to WSW, max of ~35 km beyond rim: topographically lowest rim crest to SSW (Hawke and Head, 1977).
  • Wilhelms, 1987 calls this the largest young crater on the Moon.
  • Stratigraphy changed to Upper Imbrian based on Galileo data and crater counts (McEwen et al, 1993)


  • Named for Christian August Hausen (1693-1743), a German astronomer, mathematician, physicist.
  • According to Whitaker (p. 218), this name was originally introduced by Schröter. On p. 235 Whitaker also says that Hausen was among the craters for which workers at the LPL felt the identification in the IAU's Named Lunar Formations was "not explict"; so they moved the name to the feature designated by the "original authority" (Schröter, in this case). This was apparently a minor change, for D.W.G. Arthur made no mention of it (and several of the other "moves" listed in Whitaker) in his list of changes reported to the IAU in IAU Transactions XIIB. - Jim Mosher

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