Soffen Crater Floor

Dr. Gerald A. Soffen (February 7, 1926 – November 22, 2000) was a project scientist for the NASA’s Viking program of Mars landers . This crater on Mars was named after him, and this image covers a small portion of the crater floor.

Here, we see a diversity of bedrock colors and textures and wind-blown (aeolian) features.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (21 December 2016)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona