Stuart Crater

Stuart Crater

. This beautiful crater exhibits asymmetric radar-bright ejecta attributed to an oblique impact and interaction with the dense, thick atmosphere (Section 2.2). Its rim, which is 67 thousand meters in diameter, encircles a bright floor that may have unique physical properties. However, the lava that surrounds them has not modified most craters on Venus, including this one. This indicates that the craters formed after the volcanic lowland plains. This impact crater’s name honors Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1542-1587). (Courtesy of NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University