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Small, fresh butterfly crater on Mars

Small, fresh butterfly crater on Mars

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NASA / JPL / UA / Emily Lakdawalla

Small, fresh butterfly crater on Mars
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.

Much more information about this image, including lots of detailed views, is available in this blog entry.

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

Original image data dated on or about September 22, 2012

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