Lowell (Martian crater)
The crater Lowell, exhibiting frost deposits on its floor.
The crater was named after Percival Lowell who build the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona in 1894. He used the observatory to discover over 500 canals on Mars. Lowell promoted the idea that they were constructed by an intelligent race. However, when pictures were received from spacecraft, the canals were found to be illusions. Nevertheless, much of the later interest in Mars exploration resulted from the efforts of Percival Lowell.
Lowell crater northeast rim, as seen by HiRISE. Crater floor is toward the bottom of picture.
Mosaic of Viking Orbiter images, with Lowell at right
- Blue, Jennifer. "Lowell (Martian crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
- Glasstone, S. 1968. The Book of Mars. NASA. Washington D.C.
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