A New Crater on a Dusty Slope
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
A New Crater on a Dusty Slope
ESP_048686_1785  Science Theme: Impact Processes

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This image shows a new impact site originally detected by the Context Camera onboard MRO. The crater is on a dusty slope, which also has several dark slope streaks due to dust avalanches.

A previous impact at another place on Mars triggered a major dust avalanche, but this one did not. This tells us that the dust here is more stable (stronger and/or on a lower slope).

Written by: Colin Dundas (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (20 February 2017)

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Acquisition date
15 December 2016

Local Mars time:
14:29

Latitude (centered)
-1.585°

Longitude (East)
20.586°

Range to target site
270.6 km (169.2 miles)

Original image scale range
27.1 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~81 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
8.8°

Phase angle:
35.3°

Solar incidence angle
43°, with the Sun about 47° above the horizon

Solar longitude
280.5°, Northern Winter

North azimuth:
97°

Sub-solar azimuth:
329.7°
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