Astronomy:Boeddicker (crater)

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Short description: Crater on Mars
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.
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


  1. "Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature | Boeddicker". International Astronomical Union. 
  2. "Google Mars". 
  3. Golombek M. et al. (2001) LPS XXXII, abs. #1234.
  4. and
  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.