Scaliger (aka NASA's Bassett)
Lat: 27.1°S, Long: 108.9°E, Diam: 84 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside), Upper Imbrian
left: LOII 196 M. right: LROC
LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images Apollo Images
The LPI's list of Apollo photographs of Scaliger shows only one photograph made by Apollo 14 and hundreds of Apollo 15.
It should be mentioned: Project Apollo's last mission (Apollo 17) also made a large number of photographs which show Scaliger! These photographs were made during Trans Earth Coast (TEC). Frame AS17-M-3183 is one of them.
Research: Danny Caes
- Central peak composition: A, GNTA1, GNTA2 & AG (Tompkins & Pieters, 1999)
- TSI = 30, CPI = 15, FI = 10; MI =55 Smith and Hartnell, 1973
- Named for Joseph Justus Scaliger (August 5, 1540 – January 21, 1609), a French religious leader and scholar, known for expanding the notion of classical history from Greek and Ancient Roman history to include Persian, Babylonian, Jewish and Ancient Egyptian history.
- Scaliger was among the long list of farside names approved by the IAU in 1970 and published in Menzel, 1971.
- In the planning for Apollo 8, the first manned circumlunar mission (1968), this crater (which did not then have an official name) was referred to informally as "Bassett" (see: Phil Stooke's LPOD).
- Erroneously printed as Scalinger (with "n") on page 74 (libration chart 3) in the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (2012).- DannyCaes Jan 23, 2013