PIA24358: Out of Round
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Spacecraft:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Instrument:  THEMIS
 Product Size:  1325 x 2646 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Arizona State University
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA24358.tif (2.363 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA24358.jpg (240 kB)

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Today's VIS image contains three craters. The crater at the very top of the image was created after the larger crater beneath it. The newer crater is not the usual round/bowl shape of impact craters. The top rim is extends towards the top of the image. Continuing the rim arc of the preceding crater, it crosses under the top rim of the crater in line with a large oval block of material. Impact events alter the rock beneath and around the crater — especially around the rim. The alteration of the rock by the older cratering event affected the later impact. The large oval of material is called a slump block. Slumps occur when material moves as a block downward along concave slip faces — like the rim of the old crater. The blocks often tilt backward, ending up looking like a turtle shell. Numerous gullies can be seen all around the inner rim of the younger crater. This image is located in Terra Cimmeria.

Orbit Number: 83994 Latitude: -33.4635 Longitude: 150.893 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-11-20 08:19

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

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.

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