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Fresh, dark-rayed oblique impact crater on Mars

Fresh, dark-rayed oblique impact crater on Mars

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Fresh, dark-rayed oblique impact crater on Mars
This crater was initially spotted in a Context Camera image as a fresh dark spot on Mars. This HiRISE image revealed it to be a lovely new crater, whose "butterfly" ejecta pattern suggests a highly oblique impact.

From image ESP_034372_1665, mentioned in a Lunar and Planetary Science Conference talk by Ingrid Daubar.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about November 25, 2013

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