Milankovič (Martian crater)

Milankovič is a crater in the Diacria quadrangle of Mars, having a diameter of 118.4 km. It is located at 54.7° north latitude and 146.7° west longitude. The crater is easy to see on Mars photographs because it lies north of Olympus Mons and sits by itself in the flat plain of Vastitas Borealis.

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Viking Orbiter 1 image (1978)
Coordinates54°42′N 146°42′W / 54.7°N 146.7°W / 54.7; -146.7Coordinates: 54°42′N 146°42′W / 54.7°N 146.7°W / 54.7; -146.7
QuadrangleDiacria quadrangle
EponymMilutin Milanković, a Serbian geophysicist and astrophysicist who lived from 1879 to 1958

It is named after Milutin Milanković (1879–1958), a Serbian geophysicist and astrophysicist.[1]


Exposed ice sheetsEdit

Many triangular shaped depressions are visible in Milankovič crater. According to a team of researchers, these depression display water ice in the straight wall that faces the pole. Eight sites were found with Milankovic crater being the only one in the northern hemisphere. This discovery is important because the ice lies under only a meter or two of cover. Research was conducted with instruments on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).[2][3][4][5][6]

The following images are ones referred to in this study of subsurface ice sheets.[7]

In cultureEdit

Milanković crater is the setting of the short story King of Mars, part of the Mars Mars 2194 by Canadian author Jack Stornoway.

Interactive Mars mapEdit

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 Interactive image map of the global topography of Mars. Hover over the image to see the names of over 60 prominent geographic features, and click to link to them. Coloring of the base map indicates relative elevations, based on data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor. Whites and browns indicate the highest elevations (+12 to +8 km); followed by pinks and reds (+8 to +3 km); yellow is 0 km; greens and blues are lower elevations (down to −8 km). Axes are latitude and longitude; Polar regions are noted.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-02-08. Retrieved 2009-03-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice. NASA Press Release. 11 January 2018.
  3. ^ Ice cliffs spotted on Mars. Science News. Paul Voosen. 11 January 2018.
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  6. ^ Colin M. Dundas, et al. Science, 12 January 2018. Vol. 359, Issue 6372, pp. 199-201. doi:10.1126/science.aao1619
  7. ^ Supplementary Materials Exposed subsurface ice sheets in the Martian mid-latitudes Colin M. Dundas, Ali M. Bramson, Lujendra Ojha, James J. Wray, Michael T. Mellon, Shane Byrne, Alfred S. McEwen, Nathaniel E. Putzig, Donna Viola, Sarah Sutton, Erin Clark, John W. Holt