NEW MARS IMPACT CRATER CAPTURED BY NASA’S MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER (MRO).
Photo Credit: NASA/JPL MRO HiRISE Camera: CLICK photo for larger view and see below for links and info.
The surface of Mars has a fairly new blemish in the form of a 100ft (30 meter) in diameter impact crater. This photo, taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) High Resolution imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) Camera, on November 19, 2013 shows the end result of the high speed impact. The ejecta rays; shown in false, enhanced blue color fire off 360 degrees and stretch for upwards of 9.3 miles (15 km). The coloring is to highlight the difference in shades in the surface material and sub-surface material. The impact itself appears to be a straight on shot, not much of an angle if any upon impact.
This photo was taken because researchers noticed a change in appearance in this location that apparently took place between July 2010 and May 2012. The coordinates (In case you feel like going on a hike) are 3.7 degrees north latitude, 53.4 degrees east longitude.
NASA JPL HiRISE page for this photo: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/multimedia/images/?ImageID=5962
JPL page on this photo: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-037
JPL Photojournal page for this photo: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17932
University of Arizona HiRISE page for this photo: http://www.uahirise.org/ESP_034285_1835