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
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Original image data dated on or about September 22, 2012
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