NEW MARS IMPACT CRATER CAPTURED BY NASA’S MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER (MRO).

NEW MARS IMPACT CRATER CAPTURED BY NASA’S MARS RECONASSAINSE ORBITER (MRO).

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

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2 Responses to NEW MARS IMPACT CRATER CAPTURED BY NASA’S MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER (MRO).

  1. Tiago says:

    Ok, I have a question (and maybe the answer). Why does we have a lot of new impact craters on Mars and it doesn´t happen on Earth? Does the less gravity and thinner athmosphere from the red planet have something about it?

    • AstroDan77 says:

      Good question and yes, also a good answer.
      Not so much the gravity difference but it’s all in the density of the atmosphere. Many of the Martian impacts to include this one here wouldn’t even reach the surface on Earth. It’s true that Mars has an atmosphere but not enough of one to stop modest sized space rocks from reaching land.

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