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A New Crater on a Dusty Slope

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona2017-02-20

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This image from NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a new impact site originally detected by the Context Camera onboard MRO. The crater is on a dusty slope, which also has several dark slope streaks due to dust avalanches.

A previous impact at another place on Mars triggered a major dust avalanche, but this one did not. This tells us that the dust here is more stable (stronger and/or on a lower slope).

The map is projected here at a scale of 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) per pixel. [The original image scale is 27.1 centimeters (9.8 inches) per pixel (with 1 x 1 binning); objects on the order of 81 centimeters (30 inches) across are resolved.] North is up.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21459

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  • Title: A New Crater on a Dusty Slope
  • Creator: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
  • Date Created: 2017-02-20
  • Rights: JPL
  • Album: kboggs

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