Thursday, December 23, 2010

Doublet Crater in Utopia Planitia

This doublet crater is located in Utopia Planitia, near the Elysium volcanic region. Doublet craters are formed by simultaneous impact of a meteor that broke into two pieces prior to hitting the surface. The channels in the image are part of Granicus Valles.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University

Note: For a similar crater, see Dual Craters.

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