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HiRISE: Twin craters in Meridiani Planum

This image shows two small impact craters located in Meridiani Planum. This is an example of the geologic principle of superposition: figuring out what happened first by looking at how features interact with each other. We can see that one … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Youngish crater in Utopia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 17, 2018. This VIS image shows an unnamed crater located in Utopia Planitia. This relatively young crater has a steep inner rim, with floor deposits that originate from the crater rim itself. As craters … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Pair of new impact craters

MRO has discovered over 700 new impact sites on Mars. Often, a bolide breaks apart in the atmosphere and makes a tight cluster of new craters. Here we see just two new craters, both with the same distinctive pattern of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Formations in context (Or, what is it?)

Some HiRISE images show strange-looking formations. Sometimes it helps to look at Context Camera images to understand the circumstances of a scene—like this cutout from CTX 033783_1509—which here shows an impact crater with a central peak, and a collapse depression … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Impact crater in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 15, 2017. This THEMIS image shows part of western Candor Chasma. Near the bottom of the image is an impact crater. Impact craters are relatively rare within all the canyons of Valles Marineris. The … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A collapsed crater rim

The eastern rim of this small 3.5-kilometer crater appears to have collapsed into a much larger crater (about 14-kilometers wide). The larger crater has a large ice flow around its central peak, and is non-circular, with large blocks further suggesting … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A small, well-preserved impact crater

A small, well-preserved impact crater in Hellas Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Well-preserved 4-kilometer impact crater

Well-preserved 4-kilometer impact crater on the floor of Hellas Planitia. Why do we say “well-preserved?” Mainly due to the fact that the rim of the crater is still very visible. Beautiful Mars series.

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