Curie (Martian crater)
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Curie Crater, as seen by HiRISE.
|Eponym||Pierre Curie, a French physicist-chemist (1859-1906)|
Curie Crater is an impact crater in the Oxia Palus quadrangle of Mars, located at 29.1° N and 4.8° W. It is 114.1 km in diameter and was named after Pierre Curie, a French physicist-chemist (1859-1906).
Impact craters generally have a rim with ejecta around them, in contrast volcanic craters usually do not have a rim or ejecta deposits. As craters get larger (greater than 10 km in diameter) they usually have a central peak. The peak is caused by a rebound of the crater floor following the impact.
Curie Crater, as seen by CTX camera (on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter).
A topographic map created using Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data. This map shows the elevation of the central peak and rim of Curie crater relative to Martian areoid.
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