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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Elongated "butterfly crater" on Mars

Filed under Mars Odyssey, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, impact cratering, Mars, explaining science

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Elongated A very unusual elongated crater located north of Acheron Fossae on Mars. The crater is 15 kilometers long but only half that wide.

NASA / JPL / UA / mosaic by Emily Lakdawalla

This is a mosaic of three images captured by the THEMIS instrument on Mars Odyssey in its daytime mode. Source images: V13947003, V30669005, and V12100004.

Original image data dated on or about October 1, 2008.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla


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Kenny Newberry: 03/23/2014 01:27 CDT

Wow. The symmetry in the crater is incredible! I wonder how deep it is?

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