Commentary Copyright © 1995
by Eric M. Jones.
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Last revised 20 December 2005
Detail from LTO43D3 showing Littrow Crater and the Apollo 17 landing site
Littrow Crater is named for Czech-born Joseph Johann von Littrow (1781-1840) who was a as director of the Vienna Observatory from 1819-40. The crater in the southwestern part of the Taurus Mountains that form the highlands east of Mare Serenitatis. It has a east-west rim diameter of about 30 km. The crater center is about 44 km NNE of the Apollo 17 landing site.
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Portrait of Joseph Johann von Littrow
from his 1836 Physische Astronomie (Physical Astronomy)
Scan courtesy Ulrich Lotzmann