Magelhaens (Martian crater)

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Location of Magelhaens Crater.
RegionPhaethontis quadrangle
Coordinates32°22′S 185°25′E / 32.36°S 185.42°E / -32.36; 185.42Coordinates: 32°22′S 185°25′E / 32.36°S 185.42°E / -32.36; 185.42
Diameter105 km
EponymFerdinand Magellan
Magellan Crater via ESA

Magelhaens is an impact crater in the southern highlands of Mars, located at 32.36° south latitude and 185.42° east longitude, in the Phaethontis quadrangle. Its diameter is 105 km. Its name refers to Ferdinand Magellan, the 16th century Portuguese explorer.[1]

Magelhaens is located southwest of the volcanic region of Tharsis. It is surrounded by rocky peaks of unknown origin. These forms may be the result of tectonic movements in the Tharsis region, or of meteorite impacts.[2]

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  1. ^ "Magelhaens". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ Magelhaens at News report on Magelhaens dated 1.7.2010: retrieved 11.1.2014.