The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Small, fresh butterfly crater on Mars
Filed under amateur image processing, impact cratering, Mars, explaining science, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
A 300-meter crater on the flank of Nili Patera displays a spectacular set of dark rays. That and the crater's elliptical shape suggests it's an oblique impact. The image was taken as a result of a HiWish request.
NASA / JPL / UA / Emily Lakdawalla
Much more information about this image, including lots of detailed views, is available in this blog entry.
Original image data dated on or about September 22, 2012.
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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