This image from NASA's Magellan spacecraft  shows an impact crater in the central Eistla Region of the equatorial highlands of Venus. The crater is slightly irregular in platform and its walls appear terraced.
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Venus - Large Impact Crater in the Eistla Region

This Magellan image shows an impact crater in the central Eistla Region of the equatorial highlands of Venus. It is centered at 15 degrees north latitude and 5 degrees east longitude. The image is 76.8 kilometers (48 miles) wide. The crater is slightly irregular in platform and approximately 6 kilometers (4 miles) in diameter. The walls appear terraced. Five or six lobes of radar-bright ejecta radiate up to 13.2 kilometers (8 miles) from the crater rim. These lobes are up to 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) in width and form a "starfish" pattern against the underlying radar-dark plains. The asymmetric pattern of the ejecta suggests the angle of impact was oblique. The alignment of two of the ejecta lobes along fractures in the underlying plains is apparently coincidental.

Image details

ID#:
PIA00466

Date added:
1996-09-26

Target:
Venus

Mission:
Magellan

Spacecraft:
Magellan

Instruments:
Radar System

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PIA00466.tif (0.22 MB)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL