PIA00466: Venus - Large Impact Crater in the Eistla Region
Target Name: Venus
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Magellan
Spacecraft: Magellan
Instrument: Imaging Radar
Product Size: 390 x 600 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P38691
Addition Date: 1996-09-26
Primary Data Set: Magellan MIDRs
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Original Caption Released with Image:

This Magellan image shows an impact crater in the central Eistla Region of the equatorial highlands of Venus. It is centered at 15 degrees north latitude and 5 degrees east longitude. The image is 76.8 kilometers (48 miles) wide. The crater is slightly irregular in platform and approximately 6 kilometers (4 miles) in diameter. The walls appear terraced. Five or six lobes of radar-bright ejecta radiate up to 13.2 kilometers (8 miles) from the crater rim. These lobes are up to 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) in width and form a "starfish" pattern against the underlying radar-dark plains. The asymmetric pattern of the ejecta suggests the angle of impact was oblique. The alignment of two of the ejecta lobes along fractures in the underlying plains is apparently coincidental.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
1996-09-26