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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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Milankovič crater central area, as seen by HiRISE. The image shows dark dunes, dust devil tracks and boulders (small bright dots).
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
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]

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