Rugged Crater Floor
Today's VIS image shows part of an unnamed crater located in Noachis Terra. Unlike most Martian craters, this one has a very rugged floor. Most craters have flat floors, having been filled with materials such as sand blown into the crater, layered deposits from short term lakes, and volcanic materials from nearby flows. The morphology of the crater floor indicates that this is a relatively young crater, with the original floor created during the impact event.
Orbit Number: 93133 Latitude: -41.7607 Longitude: 16.3316 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2022-12-12 20:18
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