THEMIS Image of the Day, January 11, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows part of the floor of Hale Crater and the elongate axis of the central peak mountains.
Hale Crater is an example of an oblique impact crater. The mountain chain trends from the southeast towards the northwest, increasing in height towards the northwest.
The incoming meteor struck the surface along this trend, forming an oval crater and displacing the impact energy forward to create the central mountain range. Hale Crater is located near the northern part of Argye Plainitia.