Space Science Reviews

, Volume 96, Issue 1, pp 87-104

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Mars/Moon Cratering Rate Ratio Estimates

  • Boris A. IvanovAffiliated withInstitute for Dynamics of Geospheres, Russian Academy of Sciences

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This article presents a method to adapt the lunar production function, i.e. the frequency of impacts with a given size of a formed crater as discussed by Neukum et al. (2001), to Mars. This requires to study the nature of crater-forming projectiles, the impact rate difference, and the scaling laws for the impact crater formation. These old-standing questions are reviewed, and examples for the re-calculation of the production function from the moon to Mars are given.