Astronomy:Danielson (crater)

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Danielson Crater
.MOLA map showing Danielson Crater and other nearby craters. Colors indicate elevations. Danielson is on the top and mid-right
RegionOxia Palus quadrangle
CoordinatesCoordinates: 7°56′N 7°07′W / 7.93°N 7.11°W / 7.93; -7.11
Diameter66.7 km

Danielson Crater is an impact crater in the Oxia Palus quadrangle on Mars at 7.93° N and 7.11° W. and is 66.7 km in diameter, and is north of the Meridiani Planum, south of Arabia Terra and west of the planet's meridia. Its name was approved in 2009, and it was named after American engineer G. Edward Danielson.[1][2]

ESA's Mars Express photo of the southern part of Danielson and the northernmost rim of Kalocsa

Many close up images of the crater reveal multiple thin layers, some of which are broken by faults. The layers on the floor of Danielson may have been formed on the bottom of lakes.[3][4][5]


See also


  1. Edgett, Ken (May 27, 2009). "The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson". The Planetary Society. 
  2. "Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature | Danielson". International Astronomical Union. 
  3. Cabrol, N. and E. Grin. 2001. The Evolution of Lacustrine Environments on Mars: Is Mars Only Hydrologically Dormant? Icarus: 149, 291-328.
  4. Fassett, C. and J. Head. 2008. Open-basin lakes on Mars: Distribution and implications for Noachian surface and subsurface hydrology. Icarus: 198, 37-56.
  5. Fassett, C. and J. Head. 2008. Open-basin lakes on Mars: Implications of valley network lakes for the nature of Noachian hydrology.

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