Backlund (crater)

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Backlund crater AS15-M-1733.jpg
Apollo 15 image
Coordinates16°00′S 103°00′E / 16.0°S 103.0°E / -16.0; 103.0Coordinates: 16°00′S 103°00′E / 16.0°S 103.0°E / -16.0; 103.0
Diameter75 km
Colongitude254° at sunrise
EponymOskar Backlund

Backlund is a worn lunar impact crater that lies on the far side of the Moon, beyond the eastern limb. It lies astride the southern rim of the walled plain Pasteur, to the west of the crater Hilbert. Further to the west-southwest is Sklodowska. The north and south ends of Backlund are more worn and eroded than the intervening stretches. The interior floor is relatively flat, with the usual accompaniment of tiny impact craters marking the surface.

Satellite craters[edit]

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Backlund.

Backlund Latitude Longitude Diameter
E 15.5° S 105.3° E 15 km
L 18.2° S 103.5° E 56 km
N 17.8° S 102.8° E 18 km
P 18.9° S 102.0° E 27 km
R 16.8° S 101.5° E 23 km
S 16.8° S 100.6° E 21 km

See also[edit]


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