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List of craters on Mars

Opportunity rover (MER-B) images Burns Cliff inside Endurance Crater in 2004 (NASA).

Craters on Mars larger than 1 km exist by the hundreds of thousands, but only about 1000 of them have names. Names are assigned by the International Astronomical Union after petitioning by relevant scientists, and in general, only craters that have a significant research interest are given names. Martian craters are named after famous scientists and science fiction authors, or if less than 60 km in diameter, after towns on Earth. Craters cannot be named for living people, and names for small craters are rarely intended to commemorate a specific town.[1] Latitude and longitude are given as planetographic coordinates with west longitude.

NOTE: Please list only official names approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).[2]

By letter

Examples

An approximate true-color image, taken by Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows the view of Victoria Crater from Cape Verde. It was captured over a three-week period, from October 16 – November 6, 2006.

See also

References

  1. ^ Categories for Naming Features on Planets and Satellites, Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, USGS Astrogeology Science Center, NASA
  2. ^ Staff. "IAU - Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature - Mars".  

External links

  • USGS: Martian system nomenclature
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