HiPOD: Monday, 18 April 2022
A Fresh Impact Crater with an Odd Shape

A Fresh Impact Crater with an Odd Shape
This odd-shaped hole in Noachis Terra is clearly in impact crater. It has the characteristic raised rim that distinguishes it from pits that have simply collapsed. In contrast to most impact craters though, it isn't round.

What could have caused this odd shape? Sometimes craters can be elongated when the impact occurs at a very grazing angle, but that's not the case here as the rough ejecta blanket around the crater is mostly symmetric.

This HiRISE image may show the answer. Large blocks of material in the northeast and northwest corners look like they have slid into the crater. These collapses have extended the crater in those directions giving it an oblong appearance.

ID: ESP_072715_1475
date: 30 January 2022
altitude: 254 km

https://uahirise.org/hipod/ESP_072715_1475
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UArizona
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