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Lat: 11.9°S, Long: 44.1°E, Diam: 40 km, Depth: 1.7 km, Rükl: 48

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LO-IV-065H_LTVT Magelhaens is in the upper left. The 32-km diam crater in the lower right is Magelhaens A.


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- Apollo 8's oblique southward looking Hasselblad frame AS8-13-2225, which is one of the most well-known and most frequently reproduced orbital Apollo photographs of the moon's cratered surface, shows both Magelhaens and Goclenius.
This extraordinary photograph was included on pages 620-621 of the article A MOST FANTASTIC VOYAGE by Lt. Gen. Sam C. Phillips (The Story of Apollo 8's Rendez-Vous with the Moon, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, May 1969).
Research: Danny Caes


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Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) MAGELHAENS.--The more northerly and the larger of a pair of ring-plains between Colombo and Goclenius, with a bright and somewhat irregular though continuous border. The dark interior includes a small central mountain. Its companion on the S.E., Magelhaens a, slightly overlaps it. This also has a central hill, and a crater on the outer slope of its W. wall.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Westfall, 2000: 1.7 km
  • Viscardy, 1985: 1.96 km
  • Cherrington, 1969: 1.95 km


Fernao De (Ferdinand Magellan); Portuguese explorer (1480-1521).
  • This name was introduced by Mädler (Whitaker, p. 219).
  • Magelhaens Alpha (hill southwest of Magelhaens).
  • Magelhaens Beta (hill east of Magelhaens). For Magelhaens Alpha and Beta, see page 83 of Tony Dethier's Maanmonografieen.

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