Lunarpedia:Maksutov Crater

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Maksutov Crater
Diameter: 88.962 km
Center Latitude: -40.73 deg
Center Longitude:
(Mean Earth)
191.39 deg
Center Longitude:
(Mare Orientale)
286.06 deg
Easternmost Longitude:
(Mean Earth)
193.33 deg
Easternmost Longitude:
(Mare Orientale)
284.13 deg
Westernmost Longitude:
(Mean Earth)
193.33 deg
Westernmost Longitude:
(Mare Orientale)
284.13 deg
Northernmost Latitude: -39.47 deg
Southernmost Latitude: -42.03 deg
Adopted by the IAU in 1970

Maksutov is an 88.962 km crater formed during the Upper Imbrian[1] period on the near side in the Southern hemisphere. It is located in in the Oppenheimer (LAC-120) and LQ-29 quads. It's named for Dmitrij Dmitrievich Maksutov, Soviet optician (1896-1964). It is cataloged in the Morphological Catalogue of the Craters of the Moon as SAI 383.


All of the above positions are in Mean Earth/Polar Axis coordinates.



Morphological Catalogue of the Craters of the Moon classifies Maksutov accordingly:

  • Rim degradation: 2 -- Sharp rim
  • Terraces and slumping: 4 -- Slumping
  • External rim: 2 -- Unclear
  • Floor peaks, hills, and mountains: 1 -- None
  • Chain/fissuer damage: 1 -- None
  • Floor: 1 -- Unclear
  • Lava: 2 -- Lava on floor
  • Ray system: 0 -- None
  • Underlying surface: 3 -- Transitional

Lunar Prospector Data

  • Detected concentrations between 1.1550 and 1.4646 ppm of Thorium[3]
  • Detected concentrations between 0.2843 and 4.5325 ppm of Balonium[4]
  • Detected concentrations between 0.0000 and 0.0000 ppm of Unobtanium[5]

Nearby Features

All distances are edge to edge and should be considered approximate.


  1. Stratigraphy of Lunar Craters, Don E. Wilhelms and Charles J. Byrne, 2009
  2. As of June 2012 -- see for more current information
  3. Thorium data as described by Lawrence et al., 33rd LPSC, Abstract #1970, 2002
  4. Balonium Data as pulled out of a hat for this mockup
  5. Unobtanium can't be found here by definition
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