NASA named craters on the equatorial zone of the moon's farside
Anyway, here's a new version...
Many thanks to Phil Stooke because of his most interesting LPOD The lunar craters Houston, Florida and Texas (september 9, 2007) which made it possible to get a glimpse of what seems to have been an early project to create a "strictly NASA-related" list of crater names on the moon's farside. Thanks Phil!
Additional notes and links to Wikipedia biographies or NASA sites shall appear in this list within a matter of... say... days or weeks...
- DannyCaes Sep 10, 2015
Alphabetic list of APOLLO 8 crater names on the equatorial zone of the moon's farside (with corresponding official nomenclature of the IAU between brackets)
Aldrin (Langemak N) (Edwin Aldrin of Gemini 12 and Apollo 11, who's name is nowadays an official one at the southern part of Mare Tranquillitatis).
America (Korolev) (which also happened to be the call-name of the CSM of Apollo 17 in december 1972).
Anders (Backlund) (William Anders of Apollo 8, who's name is nowadays an official one at the farside basin Apollo).
Apollo (west of Keeler) (name of the third American manned spaceflight project) (nowadays the official name of another farside basin).
Armstrong (Langemak) (Neil Armstrong of Gemini 8 and Apollo 11, who's name is nowadays an official one at the southern part of Mare Tranquillitatis).
Bassett (Scaliger) (probably Charles Bassett, together with Elliot See the original two-man crew of Gemini 9).
Borman (Pasteur) (Frank Borman of Gemini 7, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13, who's name is nowadays an official one at the farside basin Apollo).
Brand (Danjon X) (probably Vance D. Brand, one of the participants of the pre-flight Apollo 2TV-1 test, and one of the astronauts of the ASTP (APOLLO-SOYUZ TEST PROJECT) in 1975, and early Shuttle astronaut).
Carr (Perepelkin) (probably Gerald P. "Jerry" Carr, one of the astronauts of the Skylab 4 crew in 1974).
Chaffee (Subbotin) (Roger Chaffee of Apollo 1, who's name is nowadays an official one at the farside basin Apollo).
Charlesworth (Saha) (probably Clifford E. Charlesworth).
Collins (Brunner/ Hirayama) (Michael Collins of Gemini 10 and Apollo 11, who's name is nowadays an official one at the southern part of Mare Tranquillitatis).
Debus (Vavilov) (Kurt H. Debus).
Florida (southern part of Mendeleev) (North American state, home base of Cape Canaveral).
Freeman (Kibal'chich) (probably Theodore Freeman, one of the original Gemini astronauts, never made a spaceflight due to a fatal accident).
Gemini (Keeler) (name of the second American manned spaceflight project, and also of one of the zodiacal constellations).
Gilruth (Hertzsprung) (Robert R. Gilruth).
Grissom (Levi Civita/ Pavlov) (Virgil "Gus" Grissom of Apollo 1, who's name is nowadays an official one at the farside basin Apollo).
Haise (Kondratyuk) (Fred Haise, the LMP of Apollo 13).
Houston (Sklodowska) (home base of Houston Space Flight Center).
Kraft (Marconi) (probably Christopher C. "Chris" Kraft).
Lovell (Hilbert) (James Lovell of Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8 and Apollo 13, who's name is nowadays an official one at the farside basin Apollo).
Low (Icarus) (George M. Low).
Mattingly (?) (Ken Mattingly, the CMP of Apollo 16, and early Shuttle astronaut).
Mercury (Heaviside) (name of the first American manned spaceflight project).
Mueller (?) (George Mueller).
Paine (Beijerinck) (Thomas O. Paine).
Phillips (Daedalus) (probably Samuel C. Phillips) (I must say, I know another Sam Phillips; the producer of the young Elvis Presley at the legendary SUN studios).
Schmitt (northwest Grachev) (probably Harrison Schmitt, the only scientific astronaut who really explored the moon, Apollo 17 in december 1972).
See (Alden) (probably Elliot See, together with Charles Bassett the original two-man crew of Gemini 9).
Shea (west-northwest Vavilov) (probably Joseph F. Shea).
Shepard (Racah) (Alan Shepard, the very first US astronaut who made a ballistic "spaceflight" aboard the Freedom 7, and CDR of Apollo 14).
Slayton (Chauvenet) (Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury astronauts, made only one spaceflight as a member of the ASTP crew in 1975).
Texas (Gagarin) (North American state).
Von Braun (Doppler) (Wernher Von Braun, the rocket man who made Project Apollo possible) (a crater on the moon's nearside, very near the western limb, is nowadays officially known as Von Braun).
Webb (Chaplygin) (probably James E. Webb).
White (Levi Civita/ Pavlov) (Edward White of Apollo 1, who's name is nowadays an official one at the farside basin Apollo).
Williams (Lucretius) (probably Clifton Curtis "C.C." Williams, one of the original astronauts of the Apollo 12 crew, never made a spaceflight due to a fatal accident).
List of the 24 Apollo astronauts who observed the moon's farside from orbitAs it looks now, this list will always be the same since december 1972 (Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon).
Aldrin, Edwin (Apollo 11)
Anders, William (Apollo 8)
Armstrong, Neil (Apollo 11)
Bean, Alan (Apollo 12)
Borman, Frank (Apollo 8)
Cernan, Eugene (Apollo 10/ Apollo 17)
Collins, Michael (Apollo 11)
Conrad, Charles (Apollo 12)
Duke, Charles (Apollo 16)
Evans, Ronald (Apollo 17)
Gordon, Richard (Apollo 12)
Haise, Fred (Apollo 13)
Irwin, James (Apollo 15)
Lovell, James (Apollo 8, Apollo 13)
Mattingly, Thomas (Apollo 16)
Mitchell, Edgar (Apollo 14)
Roosa, Stuart (Apollo 14)
Schmitt, Harrison (Apollo 17)
Scott, David (Apollo 15)
Shepard, Alan (Apollo 14)
Stafford, Thomas (Apollo 10)
Swigert, John (Apollo 13)
Worden, Alfred (Apollo 15)
Young, John (Apollo 10/ Apollo 16)
Many thanks to Rob South of Kipp Teague's Project Apollo discussion group, who (as I remember) send me (lots of years ago) a digital copy of one of the early Apollo-related lunar farside maps. Unfortunately I seem to have lost this digital map...
To Kipp Teague,
Kipp, Thanks!!!!!! (the Hi-Res scans of the Apollo project's Hasselblad magazines at Flickr).
Because he is supporter of NASA's manned space program, I've also included the Wikipedia biography of actor Tom Hanks.
Much more P.S.:
Sleeping Satellite (Tasmin Archer, 1992).