Swift (Deimian crater)

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Swift crater
SwiftCrater.gif
Feature type Impact crater
Location 12°30′N 358°12′W / 12.5°N 358.2°W / 12.5; -358.2[1]Coordinates: 12°30′N 358°12′W / 12.5°N 358.2°W / 12.5; -358.2[1]
Dimensions 1 to 3 km (0.62 to 1.86 mi) across (depending on your source)
Naming Jonathan Swift

Swift crater is a crater on Mars's moon Deimos. It is about 3 km (1.9 mi) in diameter.[2][3] Swift crater is named after Jonathan Swift, who predicted the existence of the moons of Mars.[4] Swift crater is one of two named features on Deimos, the other being Voltaire crater. On 10 July 2006, Mars Global Surveyor took an image of Deimos from 22,985 km (14,282 mi) away showing Swift crater.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Blue, Jennifer. "Swift". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ "Chapter 14: The Hurtling Moons of Mars". The University of Arizona. Retrieved 27 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature". 
  4. ^ MathPages - Galileo's Anagrams and the Moons of Mars.
  5. ^ "Deimos!". Malin Space Science Systems. Retrieved 27 October 2007.