A Recent Impact in Elysium Planitia
A Recent Impact in Elysium Planitia
ESP_039148_1980  Science Theme: Impact Processes
This image shows a new impact crater in Elysium Planitia that was first discovered by the Mars Context Camera (CTX, also onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) which formed between February 2012 and June 2014. It appeared as a dark streak with multiple secondary craters, which was not seen in the previous CTX image.

The HiRISE camera commonly monitors new impacts such as these; however this is the first image of this particular impact by HiRISE.

The image shows a very distinct crater rim and ejecta that is much darker than the surrounding dust-covered terrain. The distribution of the rayed ejecta suggests that the impactor struck from the west.

Written by: Eric Pilles, Livio Tornabene, Ryan Hopkins, Kayle Hansen (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (7 January 2015)
Acquisition date
02 December 2014

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
281.0 km (174.6 miles)

Original image scale range
28.3 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~85 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Solar incidence angle
63°, with the Sun about 27° above the horizon

Solar longitude
245.1°, Northern Autumn

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North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  327.6°
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