Fluidized crater ejecta

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

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The ejecta blanket of this crater does not resemble the blocky, discontinuous ejecta associated with most fresh craters on Mars. Rather, the continuous lobes of material seen around this crater are evidence that the crater ejecta were fluidized upon impact of the meteor that formed this crater. Impact ejecta become fluidized when a meteor strikes a surface that has a considerable volatile content. The volatiles mixed with the ejecta form a flow of material that moves outward from the crater and produces the morphology seen in this THEMIS visible image.

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Image ID: 
V03072003 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2002-08-24 05:05
Thu, 2002-09-05
1024 pixels (19 km)
1728 pixels (32 km)
0.018899 km/pixel
0.019142 km/pixel


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