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Range :  85,000 kilometers (53,000 miles) This photo of Jupiter's satellite Ganymede shows ancient cratered terrain.  A variety of impact craters of different ages are shown.  The brightest craters are the youngest.  The ejecta blankets fade with age.  The center shows a bright patch that represents the rebounding of the floor of the crater.  The dirty ice has lost all topography except for faint circular patterns.  Also shown are the 'Callisto type' curved troughs and ridges that mark an ancient enormous impact basin.  The basin itself has been destroyed by later geologic processes.  Only the ring features are preserved on the ancient surface.   Near the bottom of the picture, these curved features are trumcated by the younger grooved terrain. ARC-1979-A79-7097

Range : 85,000 kilometers (53,000 miles) This photo of Jupiter's satellite Ganymede shows ancient cratered terrain. A variety of impact craters of different ages are shown. The brightest craters are the youngest. The ejecta blankets fade with age. The center shows a bright patch that represents the rebounding of the floor of the crater. The dirty ice has lost all topography except for faint circular patterns. Also shown are the 'Callisto type' curved troughs and ridges that mark an ancient enormous impact basin. The basin itself has been destroyed by later geologic processes. Only the ring features are preserved on the ancient surface. Near the bottom of the picture, these curved features are trumcated by the younger grooved terrain. ARC-1979-A79-7097

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Range : 85,000 kilometers (53,000 miles) This photo of Jupiter's satellite Ganymede shows ancient cratered terrain. A variety of impact craters of different ages are shown. The brightest craters are the youngest. The ejecta blankets fade with age. The center shows a bright patch that represents the rebounding of the floor of the crater. The dirty ice has lost all topography except for faint circular patterns. Also shown are the 'Callisto type' curved troughs and ridges that mark an ancient enormous impact basin. The basin itself has been destroyed by later geologic processes. Only the ring features are preserved on the ancient surface. Near the bottom of the picture, these curved features are trumcated by the younger grooved terrain.

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