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Artamonov is a lunar impact crater that is located on the far side of the Moon. The eroded outer rim of Artamonov does not have the circular shape of most lunar craters, and instead has the overall shape of three or four merged craters. The largest of these formations is in the south, with smaller circular bulges to the north and east.

Artamonov crater AS16-M-3008 ASU.jpg
Oblique Apollo 16 mapping camera image (facing northwest)
Coordinates25°30′N 103°30′E / 25.5°N 103.5°E / 25.5; 103.5Coordinates: 25°30′N 103°30′E / 25.5°N 103.5°E / 25.5; 103.5
Diameter60 km
Colongitude257° at sunrise
EponymNikolaj N. Artamonov
Oblique Apollo 14 Hasselblad camera image (facing east)
Oblique regional view from Apollo 16, showing Artamonov with Lomonosov, Maxwell, and Richardson at top

The interior floor of Artamonov has been resurfaced by subsequent flows of basaltic lava, leaving a relatively flat, featureless floor that appears darker due to lower albedo. The crater floor is faintly marked by lighter-hued ejecta from the crater Giordano Bruno to the north.

A linear formation of craters designated Catena Artamonov lies alongside the northeast rim of Artamov, following a course to the southeast. Nearby craters of note include Maxwell and Lomonosov to the northwest, and Edison to the west. To the east-northeast is the smaller crater Espin, while the small Malyy formation is located to the south-southeast.

The name of the crater was approved by the IAU in 1970.[1]


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