Mackin (crater)


Mackin crater location AS17-151-23251.jpg
Location of Mackin 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°06′N 30°44′E / 20.10°N 30.73°E / 20.10; 30.73Coordinates: 20°06′N 30°44′E / 20.10°N 30.73°E / 20.10; 30.73
Diameter480 m[1]
EponymAstronaut-named feature
Apollo 17 panoramic camera image

Mackin is a feature on Earth's Moon, a crater in Taurus–Littrow valley. Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt landed north of it in 1972, on the Apollo 17 mission, but did not visit it.

Mackin is adjacent to the similarly sized crater Hess. To the north is Camelot, to the northwest are Shorty and Lara, and to the west is Nansen. To the northeast is Emory.

The crater was named by the astronauts after geologist Joseph Hoover Mackin.[2]


  1. ^ Mackin, 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

External links

  • 43D1S2(25) Apollo 17 Traverses at Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Geological Investigation of the Taurus–Littrow Valley: Apollo 17 Landing Site