Open main menu

Icarus is a lunar impact crater that lies on the Moon's far side. It is located to the west of the huge walled plain Korolev, and less than two crater diameters to the east of the crater Daedalus. To the south of Icarus is the smaller Amici.

Icarus
Icarus crater 2033 med.jpg
Coordinates5°18′S 173°12′W / 5.3°S 173.2°W / -5.3; -173.2Coordinates: 5°18′S 173°12′W / 5.3°S 173.2°W / -5.3; -173.2
Diameter96 km
DepthUnknown
Colongitude174° at sunrise
EponymIcarus
Oblique view of Icarus, facing south, from Apollo 11. Note that the central peak of the crater is illuminated, demonstrating that it is higher than the rim.
Oblique view from Apollo 17

Icarus has a worn rim and a relatively wide inner wall. A small crater lies across the southern rim, and the side bulges outward slightly along the southwestern face. There is a disproportionately tall central peak located near the crater midpoint. This rise is unusual in that it is taller than the outer rim; most peaks are only about half the crater depth. The remainder of the floor is relatively flat in the eastern half and slightly more irregular to the west.

Satellite cratersEdit

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

Icarus Latitude Longitude Diameter
D 4.3° S 171.2° W 68 km
E 5.2° S 168.8° W 12 km
H 7.8° S 169.4° W 32 km
J 7.3° S 170.9° W 32 km
Q 7.8° S 176.2° W 41 km
V 3.9° S 176.0° W 36 km
X 2.2° S 175.5° W 43 km

ReferencesEdit

  • Wood, Chuck (February 12, 2007). "A Really Tall Peak". Lunar Photo of the Day. Retrieved 2017-06-01.