This image covers a 26-kilometer-wide impact crater northeast of the Hellas impact basin as observed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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A Big Block of Red Bedrock

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This image covers a 26-kilometer-wide impact crater northeast of the Hellas impact basin. The crater exposes large blocks of bedrock (called "megabreccia") in both the central uplift and in the walls of the crater.

The enhanced-color subimage from the wall shows a large, approximately 250-meter-wide reddish block, although actually "red" in the infrared-shifted color of HiRISE. These blocks could be ejecta from the ancient Hellas impact or other large impacts from billions of years ago.

HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter's HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

Image details

ID#:
PIA18226

Date added:
2014-04-16

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)

Spacecraft:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)

Instruments:
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona