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Fresh crater in Arabia Terra, Mars

Fresh crater in Arabia Terra, Mars

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NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Fresh crater in Arabia Terra, Mars
This is one of the fresh craters discovered on Mars through repeated observations by the Mars Orbiter Camera. Rays and bands of dark material formed around the crater as a result of the expanding shock wave of the impact. Chains of dark spots are secondary impact craters formed by sprays of ejecta blocks thrown out of the impact crater.

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Original image data dated on or about March 20, 2006

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