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Pits in Hale Crater Ejecta

Pits in Hale Crater Ejecta
The pits visible here aren’t impact craters. The material they’re embedded into is ejecta (stuff thrown out of an impact crater when it forms) from a large crater called Hale which is not seen in this image.

Substances called “volatiles”—which can explode as gases when they’re quickly warmed by the immense heat of an impact—exploded out of the ejecta and caused these pits. Unrelated sand dunes near the top of the image have since blown over portions of the pits.

ID: ESP_039524_1445
date: 1 January 2015
altitude: 254 km

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Black & white is less than 5 km across; enhanced color is less than 1 km. For full observation details, visit the ID link.