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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

There are several reasons that an impact crater may end up not being round. Preexisting faults and fractures in the ground can control how the impact energy is distributed, resulting in corners or straight walls along the fracture trends. Very low angle impacts can 'skip' along the surface, creating an elongated crater.

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Image ID: 
V26353004 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2007-11-22 20:30
Mon, 2008-02-18
1024 pixels (17 km)
3648 pixels (63 km)
0.017336 km/pixel
0.017463 km/pixel


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