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Volkov is a lunar impact crater on the Moon's far side. It is located to the north of the prominent crater Tsiolkovskiy, and east-southeast of Dobrovol'skiy. Overlying the southeastern rim of Volkov is the satellite crater Volkov J, and the two have merged to form a figure-8 shape. The crater Lander is attached to the southwest rim of Volkov J, making this a triple-crater formation.

Volkov crater AS17-M-1720.jpg
Apollo 17 image
Coordinates13°36′S 131°42′E / 13.6°S 131.7°E / -13.6; 131.7Coordinates: 13°36′S 131°42′E / 13.6°S 131.7°E / -13.6; 131.7
Diameter40 km
Depth2.0 km
Colongitude229° at sunrise
EponymVladislav N. Volkov

The outer rim of Volkov is moderately eroded, with a small crater across the northeast rim and a gap in the southeast where it joins Volkov J. The inner walls are relatively featureless, with a few tiny craterlets marking the surface. The interior floor of the crater is lumpy, with low hills and a few tiny craterlets.

It is named after Russian–Soviet cosmonaut Vladislav Volkov who died in Soyuz 11 mission on 30 June 1971 during the vehicle's return to the Earth.


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 Volkov.

Volkov Latitude Longitude Diameter
F 13.5° S 134.0° E 10 km
J 14.4° S 132.4° E 32 km

See alsoEdit


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  • Bussey, B.; Spudis, P. (2004). The Clementine Atlas of the Moon. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-81528-4.
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  • Whitaker, Ewen A. (1999). Mapping and Naming the Moon. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-62248-6.
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