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Delporte (crater)

Coordinates: 15°53′S 121°33′E / 15.89°S 121.55°E / -15.89; 121.55
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Crater Delporte as seen by the mapping camera of Apollo 15
Coordinates15°53′S 121°33′E / 15.89°S 121.55°E / -15.89; 121.55
Diameter42.5 km (26.4 mi)
Depth4.0 km (2.5 mi)[1][2]
Colongitude240° at sunrise
EponymEugène Delporte
Oblique view from Apollo 17 Panoramic Camera

Delporte is a lunar impact crater on the far side of the Moon. It overlies part of the northwestern rim of the huge walled plain Fermi, and the crater Litke is nearly attached to the southeastern rim.

The rim of this crater is only marginally worn, although it is not quite circular and the edge is somewhat uneven. There is a shelf running along the northern inner wall. At the midpoint is a central ridge that extends to the northward.

The crater was named after Belgian astronomer Eugène Joseph Delporte by the IAU in 1970.[3]

See also



  1. ^ LTO-83C4 Delporte, Lunar Topographic Orthophotomap (LTO) Series, Publisher: Defense Mapping Agency, Scale: 1:250,000.
  2. ^ LTO-101B1 Litke, Lunar Topographic Orthophotomap (LTO) Series, Publisher: Defense Mapping Agency, Scale: 1:250,000.
  3. ^ Delporte, Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN)
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