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Malyy (crater)

Malyy is a damaged lunar crater that lies on the far side of the Moon, behind the eastern limb as seen from the Earth. It is located to the south-southeast of the crater Artamonov. Slightly farther to the east-northeast lies Deutsch. The quadrant of terrain to the southwest of Malyy forms a nearly level plain marked by small craters and buried features.

Several small craterlets overlap parts of the rim of Malyy, and the edge is generally eroded and uneven. The satellite crater Malyy G just to the east is much better defined, with a crisp, sharp edge, and is most likely a younger crater.

The crater is named after Aleksandr L. Malyy (Maly), Soviet rocket scientist who was one of three lead engineers and project managers overlooking the launch of Yuri Gagarin into orbit around the Earth on 1961 April 12. Malyy, a physicist and mathematician, was responsible for supervising the development of the rocket engine. He was born March 7, 1907 and died August 11, 1962.