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Elongated "butterfly crater" on Mars


NASA / JPL / UA / mosaic by Emily Lakdawalla

Elongated "butterfly crater" on Mars
A very unusual elongated crater located north of Acheron Fossae on Mars. The crater is 15 kilometers long but only half that wide.

This is a mosaic of three images captured by the THEMIS instrument on Mars Odyssey in its daytime mode. Source images: V13947003, V30669005, and V12100004.

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 October 1, 2008

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