This image from NASA's Mars Odyssey shows an impact crater with ejecta on Mars that does not completely encircle the crater. The ejecta 'wings' make the crater look like an owl.

Context image for PIA10842 THEMIS ART #97
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THEMIS ART #97

Impact crater with ejecta that does not completely encircle the crater typically mean the impact occurred at an angle. The ejecta 'wings' make the crater look like a bird - or in this case perhaps an owl.

Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 42.8N, Longitude 180.0E. 19 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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