PIA23292: Crazy Craters
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Spacecraft:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Instrument:  THEMIS
 Product Size:  1344 x 2924 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Arizona State University
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Today's VIS image shows two craters located on the margin of Syrtis Major Planum. The two large craters are not circular. The flatter sides are caused by the pressure wave generated by the impact being deflected along tectonic fractures in the surface rocks. On Earth, Meteor Crater (Arizona) also has "corners" due to subsurface faults.

Orbit Number: 48982 Latitude: 0.250705 Longitude: 78.1391 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-12-29 07:34

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

Image Addition Date:
2019-06-19