PIA04549: Old Arabian Crater
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Spacecraft: Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
Instrument: Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Product Size: 540 x 810 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-376, 30 May 2003

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an old meteor impact crater that was once buried and was then partially-exhumed from within the layered rocks on the floor of a much larger crater in eastern Arabia Terra. The erosion processes that began to exhume the crater, however, stopped some time ago, because today the entire area is covered by a blanket of dust. Avalanches of this dust have created dark streaks on the walls of the partly exhumed crater. This April 2003 image covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is located near 20.9N, 320.8W. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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