Upland Impact
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Upland Impact

January 10, 2012
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a relatively fresh crater with dark, rayed ejecta on an upland plain above one of the many depressions in the eastern Labyrinthus Noctis region. The presence of the dark rays emanating from the crater suggests that the impact was a relatively recent event compared to other craters of similar diameter in the scene. Over time, the dark ejecta will fade and blend in with its surroundings, owing to settling of dust from the atmosphere. MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1411, 24 March 2006.

Credits: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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