NASAs MRO Discovers BlackAndBlue Impact Crater on Mars

NASAs MRO Discovers BlackAndBlue Impact Crater on Mars NASAs MRO Discovers BlackAndBlue Impact Crater on Mars

first_imgStay on target Mars recently received a hard “punch” when a small space rock hurtled into the Red Planet’s surface and created a new impact crater that looks like a black-and-blue bruise.The impact crater, which is estimated to be 49 feet to 53 feet in width, was captured in a new image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Space.com reported. The MRO, which has been analyzing Mars for more than 13 years with its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera and its lower-resolution Context Camera (CTX), snapped a HiRISE color image in April and it was shared by NASA on June 6. Researchers say the “black-and-blue” Mars crater could have formed between September 2016 and February 2019.HiPOD 6 Jun 2019: A Work of ArtAn impressionist painting? No, it’s a new impact crater on Mars, formed between Sept 2016 and Feb 2019. What makes this stand out is the darker material exposed beneath the reddish dust. (Special thanks to Nahúm Mendez.)https://t.co/tspasjsG90 pic.twitter.com/T4ml5gfTnH— HiRISE (NASA) (@HiRISE) June 6, 2019Veronica Bray, a HiRISE team member and University of Arizona staff scientist, told Space.com that this impact crater is one of the biggest she’s seen on the Red Planet. According to Bray, the space rock that might have caused the crater was most likely around five feet in width and small in size. The space rock might have had a more solid shape as well, because other rocks that crash into Mars’ atmosphere could break apart high in the air, generate streams of craters, and cause scattered pieces to fall to the Red Planet’s surface.“It is a reminder of what’s out there,” Bray told Space.com. “It’s a gorgeous [crater]. I’m glad I got it in the color strip.”No one knows for sure what the bluish tint is in the image, however, Bray and her team believe it might be exposed ice, Fox News noted. The impact wave, a dark zone where dust has moved away from the Red Planet’s reddish surface, is also shown in the picture.Peter Grindrod, an ExoMars program researcher and planetary scientist at London’s Natural History Museum, was also shocked at the fresh impact crater. On June 12, he shared a GIF on Twitter that showed crater “before” and “after” photos from CTX. Grindrod doesn’t belong to the HiRISE team, but he is a regular contributor to the HiRISE website’s Digital Terrain Model archive. He likes to create height maps to show Mars’  geological diversity, including craters and dust devils.KABOOM! Before and after images of a meteorite forming a brand new impact crater on Mars. Sometime between 18 Feb 2017 and 20 March 2019. pic.twitter.com/TWXtUoP5NA— Peter Grindrod (@Peter_Grindrod) June 12, 2019“This kind of blew me away,” Grindrod told Space.com, referring to the fresh crater’s size. “I’d never seen anything like that.”More on Geek.com:NASA Spots ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo ‘Dune Footprints’ on Mars Watch: NASA Is Building and Testing Its Mars 2020 Rover at JPLNASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps Images of Fluffy Clouds on Mars NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 last_img

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