Wan-Hoo (Van-Gu)

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Wan-Hoo (Van-Gu)

Lat: 9.8°S, Long: 138.8°W, Diam: 52 km, Depth: ~5 km, Rükl: (farside)

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Left: LO-V-026H The dark area in the extreme lower left is the edge of the frame. The light-colored stripe in the upper right is a defect in the development. Wan-Hoo (Van-Gu) is just outside the northwest rim of 137-km diameter Evans Q, a little of which is visible on the right. The deeply-shadowed elongated crater is unnamed.

Right: LRO WAC. Wan-Hoo overflowed by Hertzsprung ejecta


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Description: Wikipedia

Wan-Hoo (Van-Gu)

Additional Information

  • From the shadows in LO-V-030H the floor of Wan-Hoo appears to lie 3600 to 4800 m below the west rim. A recent preliminary topographic map from the Chinese Chang'e-1 mission suggests the east rim is considerably higher. - JimMosher


  • Named for Wan Hoo (unkn-c. 1500), a Chinese official and inventor whose accomplishments have perhaps been enlarged into a myth.
  • Wan-Hoo was in the long list of farside names approved by the IAU in 1970 and published in Menzel, 1971. The citation says that "according to legend he constructed a manned rocket of 2 box-like kites and a seat, and 47 solid-propellant rockets; perished in trying to take off."
  • The parenthetical part of the name recognizes a former spelling used by the IAU. Exactly when this spelling was used is unclear. It is also unclear if it is supposed to be retained in all future references to this crater or not. - JimMosher

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