A Fresh Crater on the Floor of Pasteur Crater
A Fresh Crater on the Floor of Pasteur Crater
PSP_007004_2000  Science Theme: Impact Processes
This image shows a fresh, 2-kilometer diameter crater on the floor of the much larger Pasteur Crater.

Enhanced color images (from the center swath) can not only reveal more details, but here create a stunning stunning mixture of gold and blue, in an otherwise unremarkable crater. The blueish color of the sand is superficially reminiscent of the Great Blue Hole near Belize City (second slide).

Of course, this isn’t water but sand that has collected. Has some of it blown in from the surrounding terrain?

Written by: HiRISE Science Team  (15 July 2009)
Acquisition date
24 January 2008

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
283.5 km (176.2 miles)

Original image scale range
28.8 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~86 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
38°, with the Sun about 52° above the horizon

Solar longitude
22.0°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  354.9°
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Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
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