Fresh Impact Craters on Ganymede
September 26, 2003
Oblique view of two fresh impact craters in bright grooved terrain near the north pole of Jupiter's moon, Ganymede. The craters postdate the grooved terrain since each is surrounded by swarms of smaller craters formed by material which was ejected out of the crater as it formed, and which subsequently reimpacted onto the surrounding surface. The crater to the north, Gula, which is 38 kilometers (km) in diameter, has a distinctive central peak, while the crater to the south, Achelous, (32 km in diameter) has an outer lobate ejecta deposit extending about a crater radius from the rim. Such images show the range of structural details of impact craters, and help in understanding the processes that form them.
Topics: Environment, Achelous, Geology, Planetary science, Impact craters, Disaster Accident, Kittu, Gula, Nergal, Impact crater, Ganymede, Astronomy