Martian Thunderbird
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Martian Thunderbird
ESP_033297_1745  Science Theme: Impact Processes
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This non-circular pit is due to a low angle impact from an asteroid or comet. The raised plateau west of the crater was where most of the impact debris landed.

This debris protected the material underneath, but else where this material was slowly removed by the wind and the debris-covered area was left behind as this high-standing and interestingly-shaped plateau.

(Note: the wallpaper images have been rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise for better effect).

Written by: HiRISE Science Team (audio by Tre Gibbs)   (30 October 2013)

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Acquisition date
03 September 2013

Local Mars time:
14:34

Latitude (centered)
-5.278°

Longitude (East)
28.264°

Range to target site
267.4 km (167.1 miles)

Original image scale range
53.5 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~161 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
50 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle:
9.3°

Phase angle:
32.1°

Solar incidence angle
40°, with the Sun about 50° above the horizon

Solar longitude
16.3°, Northern Spring

North azimuth:
97°

Sub-solar azimuth:
23.9°
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Postscript
For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona. The image data were processed using the U.S. Geological Survey’s ISIS3 software.