Crater in Which Water Was Found on Mars Named After Garni, Armenia

Dark narrow streaks called recurring slope lineae emanating out of the walls of Garni crater on Mars (Photo by NASA)
Dark narrow streaks called recurring slope lineae emanating out of the walls of Garni crater on Mars (Photo by NASA)

Dark narrow streaks called recurring slope lineae emanating out of the walls of Garni crater on Mars (Photo by NASA)

Crater was named on April 24, 2015
NASA’s announcement on Monday that there are traces of water on Mars excited the scientific community, as well as space observers, making the prospects of life on the planet even more plausible.

It turns out that one of the craters, in which water was detected on the planet was named after the city of Garni in Armenia. NASA and the US Geological Survey named the crater on April 24 of this year.

In June, 2001, NASA opened a space museum in Garni and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Garni Institute of Armenia to work on joint projects. The exhibit was dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of Armenia’s adoption of Christianity as a state religion.

There were several Armenian-Americans working on the Mars Rover project at NASA.

Read NASA’s announcement about discovery of water on Mars.


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  1. Ani said:

    Crater on Mars that contains water named after Garni, Armenia. This makes sense since the surrounding areas of the pagan temple Garni served as a royal bath during pagan times and also afterwards when Armenia adopted Christianity.

  2. narek khachatryan said:

    That doesn’t make sense – why would NASA dedicate an exhibit to the anniversary of Armenia’s adoption of a state religion? Scientists tend to be atheist, including several that I know at JPL.

  3. M.Manoog Kaprielian said:

    It should be of no wonder as I became a believer when I returned to Providence, Rhode Island with a bottle of Ararat to present to James Head III, Chair of the Brown University Geology Department which turns out to have a great deal of involvement since the first Mars landing. The awe of geologist worldwide of Armenia’s Rudolf Gevorkyan could not be understated as I was told by Head, about the throngs awaiting his arrival at Logan Airport in Boston and moreover his, Gevorkyan’s, insistence to host the international conference at Lake Sevan in Armenia which was both very successful as memorable by all. BTW If you match that first international conference of geologist in Armenia to the timing of the 1700th and NO DOUBT there had been a tour that not only included Garni but all one would expect on any inaugural visit. Enlightened scientist and even the most devout Christians leaders embracing the magnitude of Creation, that I have encountered, have indeed less disagreement than previously inferred.

  4. Dr. Rafik Vartanian, PhD said:

    I think it makes very good sense , because Armenia is pretty strong in astronomy and astrophysics.
    We had world famous astronomer like Victor Hambartsumyan, and many many other scientists in this field,
    and still we have a lots of good scientists in Armenia. These scientists contributed and still do many top science projects
    in the space physics and astronomy.