Sometime in the last three years, Mars got nailed by some sort of rock space – and NASA just found the brand-new crater.
NASA did not get the impact in real time ; the crater was spotted and photographed by the space agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was checked that area in September 2016, Space.com reports.
The crater stands out because of its distinctly blue smudge, which spreads about 2,600 square feet across the top surface of Mars. Veronica Bray, the scientist who imaged the crater, told Space.com that the impact from the surface to reveal darker-colored rock below.
KABOOM! It's a chance to see the blue sky behind the surface.
KABOOM! Before and after images of a meteorite forming a new crash on Mars. Sometime between 18 Feb 2017 and 20 March 2019. pic.twitter.com/TWXtUoP5NA
– Peter Grindrod (@Peter_Grindrod) June 12, 2019
"It's 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."
Based on the size of the crater, NASA scientists think that the space is about five feet long and thick Mars.
Earth's atmosphere, Bray told Space.com .
Mars researcher Peter Grindrod told the site. "I'd never see anything like that."
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