Swift (Deimian crater)


Swift crater
Feature typeImpact crater
Location12°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]
Dimensions1 to 3 km (0.62 to 1.86 mi) across (depending on your source)
NamingJonathan 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, whose 1726 book Gulliver's Travels predicted the existence of two 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]

See also


  1. ^ "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.