This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows two craters located on the margin of Syrtis Major Planum.

June 19, 2019

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Today's VIS image shows two craters located on the margin of Syrtis Major Planum. The two large craters are not circular. The flatter sides are caused by the pressure wave generated by the impact being deflected along tectonic fractures in the surface rocks. On Earth, Meteor Crater (Arizona) also has "corners" due to subsurface faults.

Orbit Number: 48982 Latitude: 0.250705 Longitude: 78.1391 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-12-29 07:34

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

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, 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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NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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