Curie (Martian crater)

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Curie Crater
Curie Crater.jpg
Curie Crater, as seen by HiRISE.
Coordinates29°06′N 4°48′W / 29.1°N 4.8°W / 29.1; -4.8Coordinates: 29°06′N 4°48′W / 29.1°N 4.8°W / 29.1; -4.8
Diameter114.1 km
EponymPierre 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).[1]

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.[2] The peak is caused by a rebound of the crater floor following the impact.[3]

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  1. ^ "Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature | Curie". International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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  3. ^ Hugh H. Kieffer (1992). Mars. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 978-0-8165-1257-7. Retrieved 7 March 2011.