Moissan (crater)

Moissan crater AS16-M-0064.jpg
Apollo 16 image
Coordinates4°46′N 137°27′E / 4.77°N 137.45°E / 4.77; 137.45Coordinates: 4°46′N 137°27′E / 4.77°N 137.45°E / 4.77; 137.45
Diameter22.45 km[1]
EponymHenri Moissan

Moissan is a lunar impact crater that is located on the far side of the Moon, within the west rim of the large crater Mendeleev, and due south of the similar-sized Bergman.

The crater name was adopted by the IAU in 1976, and refers to French chemist and Nobel laureate Henri Moissan.[1]


  1. ^ a b Moissan, Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN)
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External links

  • Moissan at The Moon Wiki
  • LTO-66D2 Bergman — L&PI topographic map
  • Media related to Moissan (crater) at Wikimedia Commons
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