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Saha is a lunar impact crater on the Moon's far side, behind the eastern limb as seen from the Earth. It lies less than one crater diameter due east of the similar-sized Wyld, and to the north-northwest of the large walled plain Pasteur.

Saha
Saha crater 2196 med.jpg
Coordinates1°36′S 102°42′E / 1.6°S 102.7°E / -1.6; 102.7Coordinates: 1°36′S 102°42′E / 1.6°S 102.7°E / -1.6; 102.7
Diameter99 km
DepthUnknown
Colongitude258° at sunrise
EponymMegh Nad Saha
Obilque view of Saha (at left), with the Apollo 16 CSM above Saha W and the Earth at right above the horizon
Obilque view of Saha from Apollo 17
View of Saha from Apollo 14

This crater has been worn and damaged by subsequent impacts, including the satellite crater Saha W which lies across the northwest rim and inner wall. The inner sides still display some terrace-like shelf structures, but these have become worn and have lost definition. There is a small, bowl-shaped crater Saha M in the southwestern part of the interior floor. To the north of this feature is an arcing ridge feature. The floor is otherwise pitted by various tiny craterlets.

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 Saha.

Saha Latitude Longitude Diameter
B 1.5° N 104.5° E 34 km
C 1.4° N 107.8° E 64 km
D 0.1° N 107.5° E 35 km
E 0.2° S 107.6° E 28 km
J 4.0° S 105.3° E 52 km
M 2.2° S 102.6° E 18 km
N 4.1° S 101.5° E 49 km
W 0.6° S 101.4° E 34 km

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