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Object crashed into Mars and created this new impact crater

Object crashed into Mars and created this new impact crater

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A powerful camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter — a satellite orbiting the red planet — spotted a relatively recent impact site on the Martian surface.

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The spacecraft detected a dark spot on the ground, and then the high-resolution camera snapped the detailed shot.

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The impact, which is brand new in cosmic terms, likely formed between February 2006 and March 2014, noted the imaging team at the University of Arizona.

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For a size reference, the entire black and white image is under five kilometers, or some 3 miles, across

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Blasted-out rays of material are clearly visible around the crater, which formed from a falling asteroid or meteorite.

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One of Mars' most recent impact craters, then, might be visible for millions and millions of years.

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