A Triple Crater

This image (making a stereo pair with ESP_041350_1455 ) shows an elongated depression from three merged craters.

The raised rims and ejecta indicate that these are impact craters rather than collapse or volcanic landforms. The pattern made by the ejecta and the craters suggest this was a highly oblique (low angle to the surface) impact, probably coming from the west.

There may have been three major pieces flying in close formation to make this triple crater. Be sure to view the anaglyph for a more detailed look .

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (1 June 2017)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_041350_1455 .

More info and image formats at http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/ESP_049987_1450

Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona