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A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.
A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.

Pitted Terrain on Mars and Vesta

A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Dawn, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Framing Camera, High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
ID#: PIA16185
Added: 2012-09-20

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Pitted Terrain on Mars and Vesta

A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.

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