Moon Crater Designated In Honor Of
Celebrated Newscaster Walter Cronkite

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Walter Cronkite (Circa 1969)New York USA (18 September 2009 LT) — Luna Society International has announced that a crater on Luna, Earth’s Moon, will be named to honor the renowned broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite.

Mr. Cronkite, who passed away on 17 July 2009, served as anchorman on the CBS Evening News from 1962 until 1981. During his tenure, he earned the reputation as “the most trusted man in America” for his reporting on news events ranging from the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Nixon-Watergate scandal and the hostage crisis in Iran.

Notably, Mr. Cronkite reported extensively on the United States space program, of which he was more than a casual observer. His interest in the effort to land humans on the Moon reached its apex with the successful Apollo XI mission in July 1969.

Mr. Cronkite anchored television coverage of U.S. spaceflights beginning with the Mercury program in 1962, through the Gemini and Apollo programs, culminating with the Space Shuttle program in 1981, and spanning his nearly two-decade run at the CBS News anchor desk.

In recognition of his support of the United States space program, Mr. Cronkite was named an Ambassador of Exploration by NASA in 2006, receiving a Moon rock sample in recognition of his role as both reporter and advocate.

Mr. Cronkite was born on 4 November 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri, but grew up in Houston, Texas, which later became the site of the key NASA mission control center. He began his broadcasting career in the mid-1930s at WKY Radio in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and then joined the United Press as a reporter in 1937. Mr. Cronkite reached prominence as a news correspondent during World War II, covering major battles in Europe and North Africa. He left UP for CBS-TV’s fledgling news division, under the direction of Edward R. Murrow, in 1950.

The crater being named to honor Mr. Cronkite was formerly known as Sabine C, and is located at 1.0° South, 23.0° East on the so-called Lunar nearside. It measures approximately three kilometers in diameter and is estimated to have a depth of 350 meters below the Lunar surface, at an elevation of 5,068 meters. Significantly, the crater lies adjacent to the Apollo XI landing site, in view of craters previously renamed for mission crew members Neil Armstrong, Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Crater Cronkite is part of the Sabine crater group, named for General Sir Edward Sabine, K.C.B., F.R.S. (1788-1883), an Irish astronomer, geophysicist, ornithologist and explorer. The designation honoring Walter Cronkite becomes effective immediately.

The official designation of a Lunar crater is a singular honor bestowed upon only a select few luminaries. Among those receiving this rare tribute over the past century are Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Columbus, Sir Isaac Newton, Julius Caesar and Jules Verne.

Moon Property Coupons on tjoos.comLuna Society International is the world's largest and most prominent group advocating privatized exploration, settlement and development of Earth's Moon. The centerpiece of the Society's effort is a ten-year, US$3.8-million program to return humans to the Moon and establish permanent bases there.

The Society has also developed the most successful commercially-available lunar photomap software ever released to the public, the Full Moon Atlas (, and successfully advocated the removal of a crater named for an accused Nazi war criminal, Dr. Hans Eppinger, Jr., by the International Astronomical Union.

The Society was the prime mover behind the proposal to designate a group of Lunar craters as a memorial to the seven crew members who perished in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) tragedy. (See

Luna Society International is a registered International Business Company (IBC #519589) currently authorized to operate in more than 200 nations around the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, China, Japan and India, as well as all other nations in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The Society's main operations hubs are in Hong Kong and on the Isle of Man (U.K.). It maintains a satellite office in Manhattan for business operations in the Americas.

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Eponym: Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (IAU: Sabine C)
Location: Southern Mare Tranquillitatis (1.0° N 23.0° E)
Approximate Crater Diameter: ~3.0 kilometers
Crater Depth: ~350 meters

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