Fresh Crater

This image features a very fresh crater in the Southern hemisphere. The crater is termed fresh because it is well-preserved with steep walls and obvious small-scale ejecta.

The crater has a set of dark rays extending from it; these rays are ejecta that sprayed out when the crater formed. Boulders ejected during the impact surround the crater.

Written by: Kelly Kolb   (25 March 2008)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona