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Moon image from USGS Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature and photo from Washington University, St Louis, MO

When Riccioli gave names to craters in 1651 many were for his contemporaries, scholars he knew. This is happening again, with the recent addition of Graham Ryder in 2006 and now Larry Haskin. Larry was a highly-regarded lunar geochemist who was a major - and friendly - contributor to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference for decades until his death in 2005. The IAU officially gave his name to a farside crater on January 22, 2009 along with 18 other scientists, most Nobel Prize winners with no association with the Moon. Larry's work on the Moon included many important discoveries, with the recognition of the Procellarum Kreep Terrain as one of his final contributions. Jenny Blue at the US Geological Survey has already added the name Haskin to the mosaics illustrating lunar nomenclature, and Jim Mosher has added Haskin to the Lunar Wiki. The crater Haskin is a degraded 58 km wide feature, about 10° degrees from the north pole.

Chuck Wood


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