Recent Small Impact Crater
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Recent Small Impact Crater
ESP_011834_1605  Science Theme: Impact Processes
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This HiRISE image of the Solis Planum region shows a relatively recent impact crater. The crater, about 400 meters across, displays numerous meter-scale and larger rocks.

These rocks are located on the crater wall and splayed out radially on the surrounding plains. The latter boulders are part of the ejecta, material blasted out of the Martian crust by the impact. The fact that the boulders are well preserved is evidence that the crater is fairly young.

Nevertheless, some ripples are visible on the crater floor, indicating that wind has had time to mobilize fine particles (sand and granules) into bedforms.

Written by: Nathan Bridges  (9 March 2009)
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Acquisition date
03 February 2009

Local Mars time:

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Range to target site
254.4 km (159.0 miles)

Original image scale range
25.5 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~76 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Phase angle:

Solar incidence angle
57°, with the Sun about 33° above the horizon

Solar longitude
203.2°, Northern Autumn

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North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  6.1°
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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. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.