The fractured features of Ladon basin
2 August 2012
Ladon basin in full colour
Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
ESA’s Mars Express has observed the southern part of a partially buried approx. 440-km wide crater, informally named Ladon basin.
The images, near to where Ladon Valles enters this large impact region reveal a variety of features, most notably the double interconnected impact craters Sigli and Shambe, the basins of which are criss-crossed by extensive fracturing.
This region, imaged on 27 April by the high-resolution stereo camera on Mars Express is of great interest to scientists since it shows significant signs of ancient lakes and rivers.