Astronomy:Boeddicker (crater)

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Boeddicker
Aeolis map.JPG
Map of Aeolis quadrangle. The Spirit Rover landed in Gusev crater. It found volcanic rocks that probably came from Apollinaris Patera. A large pile of layered rocks sits in the middle of Gale Crater.
PlanetMars
CoordinatesCoordinates: 15°00′S 197°42′W / 15°S 197.7°W / -15; -197.7
Diameter109 km

Boeddicker is a crater in the Aeolis quadrangle of Mars, located at 15° south latitude and 197.7° west longitude. It is 109 km in diameter and was named after Otto Boeddicker, a German astronomer (1853–1937).[1][2]

Boeddicker Crater was discussed as a landing site for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers. It was one of 25 from a list of 185 after the FirstLanding Site Workshop for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers, January 24–25, 2001, at NASA Ames Research Center.[3][4][5]

Boeddicker Crater has a uniformly sloped crater floor which tracks with a gradational albedo change, similar to Gusev crater to the east. Some researchers have hypothesized that this could be the result of aeolian deposition.[6]

See also

References

  1. "Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature | Boeddicker". International Astronomical Union. http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/791. 
  2. https://www.google.com/mars/
  3. Golombek M. et al. (2001) LPS XXXII, abs. #1234.
  4. http://webgis.wr.usgs.gov/mer and http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/landingsites/mer2003.
  5. Golombek, M., J. Grant, T. Parker, T. Schofield, D. Kass, P. Knocke, R. Roncoli, N. Bridges, S. Anderson, J. Crisp, A. Haldemann, M. Adler, W. Lee, S. Squyres, R. Arvidson, M. Carr, C. Weitz. 2002. DOWNSELECTION OF LANDING SITES FOR THE MARS EXPLORATION ROVERS. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIII 1245.pdf
  6. Roth, LE; Saunders, RS; Downs, GS; Schubert, G. "Radar altimetry of the Martian cratered highlands". Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 19: 834.