This image from NASA's Mars Odyssey shows winds that an impact crater on Mars may end up not being round. Preexisting faults and fractures in the ground can result in corners or straight walls along the fracture trends.
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There are several reasons that an impact crater may end up not being round. Preexisting faults and fractures in the ground can control how the impact energy is distributed, resulting in corners or straight walls along the fracture trends. Very low angle impacts can 'skip' along the surface, creating an elongated crater.

Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -14.3N, Longitude 207.3E. 17 meter/pixel resolution.

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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