Mars, like any other rocky world, has its fair share of craters. These scars of ancient influences give the dusty surface of the planet some serious personalities, and sometimes it's easy to forget that new craters can happen right before our eyes. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals a brand new impact site that could only be a few months old
The image, captured by the HiRISE camera built into the orbiter, shows a bold dark patch of material surrounding a circular crater on the Martian surface. Researchers believe it might have been created as recently as February 2019.
An impressionist painting? Well, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed between September 201
The photo itself was captured in April and is only now getting the attention it deserves. However, because the orbiter can not be looking at the entire planet at all times, it is unclear when exactly the crater formed, and researchers can only narrow it down to sometime between September 2016 and February 2019.
This is yet another great NASA's Mars orbiter has been doing for years now. The spacecraft originally launched back in 2005 and arrived at Mars in March of the following year. When it did, its primary mission was scheduled to last for two years, but it has since put in over 13 years of faithful service for scientists.