A New Impact Site
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
A New Impact Site
ESP_029015_1705  Science Theme: Impact Processes
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This observation shows a cluster of impact craters that formed between August 2005 and November 2010, first discovered in a Context Camera (CTX) image G05_020035_1699_XN_10S064W_101104.

What's unusual about this site is that it isn’t as dusty as most places where new impacts are discovered. Often the airblast disturbs the dust to create a dark spot much larger than the crater and its ejecta, so the new impacts are most easily discovered over dusty terrains.

The dark ejecta is obvious while the larger dark spot here is subtle, but detectable in the CTX image. There is a tight cluster of craters rather than a single crater because rocky bolides often break up in the Martian atmosphere.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio by Tre Gibbs)   (7 November 2012)

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Acquisition date
04 October 2012

Local Mars time:
15:39

Latitude (centered)
-9.246°

Longitude (East)
295.828°

Range to target site
257.0 km (160.6 miles)

Original image scale range
25.7 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~77 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
1.2°

Phase angle:
56.4°

Solar incidence angle
55°, with the Sun about 35° above the horizon

Solar longitude
182.7°, Northern Autumn

North azimuth:
97°

Sub-solar azimuth:
10.3°
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