Satellite radar image of Aorounga impact crater

Satellite radar image of Aorounga impact crater

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Caption: Aorounga meteorite crater. Radar satellite image of the Aorounga meteorite impact crater (at cen- tre) in the Sahara desert of northern Chad. North is at upper right. The crater is 17 kilometres (km) across and was formed several hundred million years ago. The original crater was buried by sedi- ments which have since been partially eroded to reveal the crater's ring-like structure. The dark ring at upper right may be another impact crater, suggesting that there may have been a string of impacts. This image covers an area of 22x28 kilometres and was taken by space shuttle Endeavour's Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) in April.

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Keywords: aorounga, aorounga impact crater, chad, crater, environment, geography, impact, impact crater, meteorite crater, meteorite craters, sahara desert, shuttle imagery, sir-c imagery

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