Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rough crater wall surface

Upper part wall inside an unnamed fresh crater in the southwestern quadrant of farside Hertzsprung basin. LROC Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) observation M182038126L, LRO orbit 11934, January 24, 2012; 56.41° angle of incidence, resolution 1.08 meters per pixel from 107.13 km. Downslope is toward lower right, north is to the top [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Hiroyuki Sato
LROC News System

The opening image reveals the northwestern portion of the steep wall inside an unnamed young crater (6.8 km in diameter, the same crater in Tuesday's Featured Image). The upper left corner of this image, the relatively smooth part, corresponds to the outer gently sloping surface, and the rest of the image is the interior wall.

This steep surface displays very complicated forms, likely due original flow of impact melt down the walls, perhaps in places modified by small scale collapses. Several spots indicated with arrows show the contact between relatively smooth surface materials, probably impact melts, and sharp craggy edges. Are the smooth parts really impact melt? Or perhaps they are surfaces from which hardened impact melt slipped down. What we do know is that enormous amounts of impact melt were splashed around inside and outside the crater, a violent scene we can hardly imagine. New LROC data is unveiling the nature of impact melts through their shape, texture, distribution, quantity, and spectral reflectance.

LROC WAC M112461899C (604nm) 580x1000
The unnamed crater and surrounding areas in the LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC) monochrome (604nm) observation M112461899C, spacecraft orbit 1707, November 10, 2009; 39.1° angle of incidence, resolution 86.97 meters per pixel, from 61.69 km over 7.25°S, 227.53°E [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Explore this fresh and complicated crater wall in full NAC frame, HERE.

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