A NASA probe orbiting the planet Mars has sent back stunning images of a crater gouged out of the Red Planet’s surface by a recent meteor strike.
The latest Mars news involves an image captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The crater itself its estimated to be about 100 feet across. The impact that created the crater sent debris flying as far as 9.3 miles from the crater, according to NASA.
With its thin atmosphere offering little protection against space debris, Mars sees about 200 new craters every year. The new crater was formed from a meteor impact that occurred some time between July 2010 and May 2012, the gap between the orbiter’s imaging runs over the area.
NASA noted that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the crater’s image using its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera in November 2013.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter left Earth in August 2005 and achieved orbit around Mars in March 2006. The orbiter has since sent a steady stream of high-resolution images and other Mars news back to NASA.
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