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Challis (crater)

Coordinates: 79°30′N 9°12′E / 79.5°N 9.2°E / 79.5; 9.2
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Lunar Orbiter 4 image (Main above center, Challis below center)
Coordinates79°30′N 9°12′E / 79.5°N 9.2°E / 79.5; 9.2
Diameter56 km
Colongitude355° at sunrise
EponymJames Challis
Location of the crater Challis

Challis is a lunar impact crater that is located in the northern regions of the Moon's near side, close enough to the limb to appear significantly foreshortened when viewed from the Earth. It is joined to the crater Main through a break in the northern rim, and is close to Scoresby along the southeast side.

The rim of this crater has been damaged and eroded by a history of impacts, with the most intact portion located along the southeastern half. A small crater lies across the southern rim, and the remaining rim is notched and irregular. The interior floor of both Challis and Main have been resurfaced forming a relatively level bottom common to both formations. This surface is marked only by multiple tiny craterlets.

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 Challis.

Challis Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 77.2° N 2.3° E 32 km


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