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Did You Know: Impact Craters

There are nearly 200 confirmed impact craters on Earth's surface.

Credits

Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory (https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/).
 
Story adapted from Image of the Day post by Robert Simmon: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/39769/fresh-craters-on-the-moon-and-earth
 

  • Image of Terrestrial impact craters: Earth Impact Database, PASSC, University of New Brunswick; Google Earth: SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO, Landsat/Copernicus

  • Image of Barringer Crater: National Map Seamless Server, USGS

  • Image of Lonar Crater: Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, Terra satellite

  • Image of Tenoumer Crater: Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, Terra satellite

  • Image of Tin Bider Crater: Advanced Land Imager, Earth Observing-1 satellite

  • Image of Aorounga Crater: Expedition 20 Crew, International Space Station

  • Image of Shoemaker (Teague) Impact Structure: Expedition 28 Crew, International Space Station

  • Written by Margaret Carruthers

Transcript

All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!