A Rainbow Crater on Mars

This impact crater on Mars is decked out in rainbow colours reflecting the topography of the area. The dark blues and purple of the crater floor rapidly digs through the high-elevation red, yellow, and green of the surrounding plains.

This digital terrain model marks a fresh impact crater on the surface of Mars, so young few additional impacts have speckled the crater's floor.


The model is built from a stereo-pair of photographs captured by the HiRISE on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The image is centered at 51.67°, 236.7°, constructed to a resolution of 0.99 meters per pixel.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/USGS. Mars also has more eroded craters, or somedownright mysterious landscapes.

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