Iazu (crater)

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Iazu
Color-coded for minerals and annotated, Iazu crater is south of Endeavour crater
Color-coded for minerals and annotated, Iazu crater is south of Endeavour crater
Planet Mars
Region Meridiani Planum
Coordinates 2°42′S 5°12′W / 2.7°S 5.2°W / -2.7; -5.2Coordinates: 2°42′S 5°12′W / 2.7°S 5.2°W / -2.7; -5.2
Diameter 6.8 kilometers
Eponym Iazu, Romania

Iazu is an impact crater located within the Meridiani Planum extraterrestrial plain, situated within the Margaritifer Sinus quadrangle (MC-19) region of the planet Mars. This geological feature is about 7 km in diameter.[1] It is close to the landing site of the Mars Exploration Rover-B Opportunity, and its walls have been photographed by the spacecraft during its traverse to Endeavour Crater. At the time, the crater was about 38 kilometers (24 mi) away.[2] It was named in 2006 for Iazu, a commune in Dâmboviţa County, southern Romania.[1]

Bopolu (crater) is west of Iazu and Endeavour crater

Views from orbit[edit]

Annotated image showing the position of Opportunity and names for the craters Iazu, Endeavour, and Victoria
MER-B on Sol 2239 imaged the then distant craters including the Rim of Endeavour crater and Iazu ejecta

From surface[edit]

The field of view and context for this image on MER-B Sol 2239 is shown above, and in the distance the rim of Iazu is marked

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Planetary Names: Crater, craters: Iazu on Mars". planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  2. ^ "One Mars Rover Sees A Distant Goal; The Other Takes A New Route". NASA/JPL. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

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