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Many Worlds, Many Craters
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Many Worlds, Many Craters

A comparison of ~30-kilometer-diameter impact craters on several planetary bodies. All craters are shown at the same scale and have been rotated so that the light source is from the left. This rotation puts north at the bottom of the images of the lunar crater and the Ganymede crater.

Names and locations of the four craters are as follows: Golubkhina (Venus), 60.30N, 286.40E; Kepler (Moon), 8.10N, 38.10W; (Mars), 20.80S, 53.60E; (Ganymede), 29.80S, 136.00W.

Image Credit: Image of Ganymede Crater contributed by Paul Schenk (Lunar and Planetary Institute). Image of Mars crater obtained from the Mars Multi-Scale Map, Calvin Hamilton (Los Alamos National Laboratory). Images of lunar and venusian craters from Robert Herrick (Lunar and Planetary Institute).

Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute

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