Crater Centers

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Impact craters can have a variety of floor features. Depending on the size of the meteorite and the material it is hitting the resultant crater can have a flat floor, a central peak or a central peak with a pit in it. The peak and peak/pit combination are formed by rebound of the surface material that has been melted and pulverized. Today's image is a central peak/pit combination crater in Terra Cimmeria.

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Image ID: 
V40978006 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2011-03-11 09:43
Tue, 2011-04-12
1024 pixels (17 km)
3648 pixels (62 km)
0.017194 km/pixel
0.017319 km/pixel


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