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Pedestal Crater
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Pedestal Crater

November 17, 2011
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an impact crater, a little over 2 km (> 1.2 mi) in diameter, located in Noachis Terra near 50.4°S, 14.3°W. The crater's bouldery ejecta blanket has protected underlying material from being eroded away by wind, leaving the ejecta up on a low pedestal. This picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across, and is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left. (5 January 2005)

Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems


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