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Lat: 33.2°N, Long: 24.1°E, Diam: 9 km, Depth: 1.9 km, Rükl: 14

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  • Although there's nothing mentioned in the LPI's searchlist for orbital Apollo-photographs of Luther, this crater WAS photographed by the oblique north-looking Fairchild mapping/metric camera of Apollo 15.
  • One of those Fairchild frames is AS15-M-1526, which shows Luther immediately below the uppermost (central) part of the curved horizon. The small bowl-shaped crater in the very centre of this frame is Sarabhai (Bessel A).
  • Careful investigation of this frame's close up (of AS15-M-1526) reveals some sort of small dark spot or dark streak north-northeast of Luther itself. The coordinates of this spot (or streak) are: 34°45' North/ 24°50' East. It (this small dark presence) is also noticeable on LAC 26 (page 52) in the Clementine Atlas of the Moon.
  • The upper-left corner of the LPI's Hi-Res scan of Lunar Orbiter 4's LOIV-086-h1 reveals a small curved (rille-like) depression at the location of the above mentioned small dark spot or streak (north-northeast of Luther). This rille-like depression is surrounded by dark material. See also LOIV-091-h1 (near the right part of the frame's upper margin).
  • Apollo 17's orbital Hasselblad camera photograph AS17-153-23508 might be the only color photograph of Luther made during Project Apollo (Luther is noticeable near the frame's lower margin). Hi-Res scan from Kipp Teague's Flickr gallery.
  • Additional research Lunar Orbiter 4, Apollo 15, Apollo 17, and Clementine photography: Danny Caes


(LAC zone 26C4) LAC map Geologic map


Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Arthur, 1974: 1.9 km
  • Westfall, 2000: 1.9 km
  • Viscardy, 1985: 1.9 km


  • Carl Theodor Robert; German astronomer (1822-1900).
  • Luther Alpha (hill west of Luther itself) (see Chart 20 in the Times Atlas of the Moon).
  • Rimae Luther H (D.Caes' name for the criss-cross looking system of rilles southwest of Luther H, on the southern part of C.A.Wood's Lost Peninsula).

Lost Peninsula

  • North-northwest of Luther is the location of Luther H, a small bowl shaped crater surrounded by a mass of rough looking terra, nicknamed Lost Peninsula by Charles A. Wood, see LPOD 14 December 2014.

LPOD Articles


Dr. Luther (probably C. T. R. Luther) in the Sourcebook Project (William R. Corliss)

- In Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (1979) :
  • Page 502: Cacciatore's supposed planet of 1835 (Nature, 1878)