Lat: 2.4°N, Long: 53.6°E, Diam: 5 km, Depth: 0.95 km, Rükl: 37
LO-IV-184H This small field straddling the northeast edge of Mare Fecunditatis includes the four IAU-approved crater names Abbot, Ameghino, Bombelli and Smithson. The relatively large, complex crater to the southeast of Bombelli is Apollonius A.
LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images Apollo Images
- Apollo 10's AS10-35-5202 shows Smithson, Abbot, Bombelli, Ameghino, and Sinus Successus (and also the "Mishqui basin" near Abbot).
- AS10-31-4507 shows the distinct couple Smithson and Taruntius O'.
- Apollo 15's AS15-88-11964 shows craters Taruntius N (Smithson) and Taruntius O near the image's upper left corner, while part of Sinus Successus is behind Apollo 15's CSM Endeavour. Note the exposed SIM-bay in Endeavours Service Module.
- Smithson is also noticeable at the right part of Apollo 15's orbital ITEK-panoramic frame AS15-P-10116 (the distinct high-albedo crater), and on Apollo 16's ITEK-frame AS16-P-5219 (also near the right margin, with Taruntius O).
Research orbital Apollo 10 and Apollo 15 photography: Danny Caes
Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
- Westfall, 2000: 0.95 km
- Viscardy, 1985: 0.43 km
James; British chemist, mineralogist (1765-1829).
The crater Smithson was formerly known as Taruntius N.