Saturday, August 28, 2010

Orcus Patera, a mysterious crater on Mars

This image of Orcus Patera was acquired by ESA's Mars Express orbiter; see press release. Orcus is an elliptical depression near Mars's equator, near the well-known volcanoes of Elysium Mons and Olympus Mons. Its origin is unknown, possibly a volvanic feature, or perhaps a circular impact crater that was later deformed by tectonic forces.

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