Ancient Greeks on the Moon

Apollo Belvedere on an Apollo 17 mission patch of the last and most successful mission to the Moon in December 1972

Craters on the moon named after ancient Greeks. The area of these craters combined is larger than that of the area of Modern Greece!!

EPIGENES crater
67.5N – 4.6W
55
km diameter
Astronomer (?-200 BC)

EPIMENIDES crater
27 km diameter
2060 mt height walls
40.9S – 30-2W
South west lunar region in the area of Heinzel crater

Philosopher (?-596 BC)

ERATOSTHENES crater
58
km diameter
3900 mt height walls
14.5N – 11.3W
Between southern Imbrium and north side of Sinus Aestuum

Astronomer, Geographer (276-196) BC

EUCLID crater
12 km diameter
700 mt height walls
7.4S – 29.5W
South west lunar region in the Procellarum, near the Ural and Riphaeus mounts

Mathematician Euclid

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EUCTEMON crater
76.4N – 31.4E
62
km diameter
Astronomer (?-432) BC

EUDOXUS crater
67 km diameter
3350 mt height walls
44°N - 16°E
Northern lunar region, between north Caucasus and Lacus Mortis

GALEN crater
21.9N – 5.0E
10
km diameter
Claudius Galen, Physician in Rome (129-200) AD

GEMINUS crater
35.4N – 56.7E
85
km diameter
Astronomer (?-70) BC


HARPALUS crater
52.6N – 43.4W
39
km diameter
Astronomer (?-460) BC

From a Greek list I have an astronomer 'Αρπαλος &omi Σάμιος. Some sources consider that its name was given from Harpalus one of Actaeon's 50 hounds that tore Actaeon to pieces after Artemis turned him into a stag. The hound Harpalus was identified by a white spot in the middle of his dark forehead.

HECATAEUS crater
21.8S – 79.4E
167
km diameter
Geographer (?-476) BC

East of Mare Fecunditatis,South of Smythii and in the North of Mare Australe

HELICON crater
40.4N – 23.1W
24
km diameter
Astronomer (?-400) BC

HERACLITUS crater
49.2S – 6.2E
90
km diameter
Philosopher
c. (544 BC – c. 483 BC) BC


HERODOTUS crater
23.2N – 49.7W
34
km diameter
Herodotus of Halikarnassus, Historian (484-408) BC

HERON crater
0.7N – 119.8E

Heron of Alexandria, Inventor


HESIODUS craterr
43 km diameter

29.4° S - 16.3° W

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HIPPARCHUS crater
138 km diameter
1200 mt height walls
5.1S – 5.2E
Central lunar field between Sinus Medii and Albategnius crater

Hipparchus is the Moon landing place in Tintin's On a marché sur la Lune (Explorers on the Moon).

HIPPOCRATES crater
70.7N – 145.9W
60
km diameter
(460-377) BC Physician

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HYPATIA crater
4
.0S – 23.0E
46
km diameter
1350 mt height walls

East lunar field between NW Nectaris and southern Tranquillitatis
((350-370) – 415) AD Mathematician

LEUCIPPUS crater
29.1N – 116.0W
56
km diameter
(c. 440) BC Philosopher

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MENELAUS crater
16.3N – 16.0E
26
km diameter
Menelaus of Alexandria, (c. 98) AD Geometer, Astronomer

METON crater
73.8N – 19.2E
122
km diameter
5th century BC Astronomer

OENOPIDES crater
67 km diameter
----- mt height walls
57.0N – 64.1W
North west lunar field, on the lunar far edge

Astronomer, Geometer (500-432)BC


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