Tangential Craters within Ptolemaeus Crater

This image shows two small craters , just touching on their rims, in the much larger Ptolmaeus Crater, which is located in the Martian Southern hemisphere. These craters are called “tangential craters.”

The more degraded and filled-in crater is approximately 3 kilometers in diameter, and there is an unusual feature near the center. A closeup shows up the feature is approximately 76 meters wide and 164 meters long. This feature is also possibly a substantially oblique impact crater, but its origin remains unknown.

Written by: Livio Tornabene and Kayle Hansen (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (4 February 2015)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona