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Cochise is a feature on Earth's Moon, a crater in Taurus-Littrow valley. Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt landed southwest of it in 1972, on the Apollo 17 mission. They drove along its rim in the rover during EVA 3, but did not stop.

Cochise crater location AS17-151-23251.jpg
Location of Cochise crater in Taurus-Littrow Valley. South Massif is at lower left, North Massif is at top center, and Sculptured Hills are at upper right. Scale bar is 5 km
Coordinates20°15′N 30°50′E / 20.25°N 30.84°E / 20.25; 30.84Coordinates: 20°15′N 30°50′E / 20.25°N 30.84°E / 20.25; 30.84
Diameter560 m[1]
EponymAstronaut-named feature

To the southwest are Shakespeare and Van Serg, and to the northeast is Bowen and Geology Station 8 at the base of the Sculptured Hills.

The crater was named by the astronauts after Cochise, Chief of the Chiricahua Apache.[2]

Cochise in foreground as viewed from Geology Station 6, some distance up the North Massif
Apollo 17 panoramic camera image


  1. ^ Cochise, Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN)
  2. ^ The Valley of Taurus-Littrow, Apollo 17 Lunar Surface Journal, Corrected Transcript and Commentary Copyright 1995 by Eric M. Jones

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