Mars was attacked.
The red planet has been struck by an asteroid sometime in the past three years, and the resulting crater has shown a "darker material" under the reddish dust of Mars, who is currently confusing scientists.
The image was captured by High Definition HiRISE camera on NASA's 17th April 2019. The black and blue area of the Martian landscape highlights the affected area.
The Arizona University's scientist Veronica Bray told Space.com that the crater is from the larger side of those who watched and is a rather rare event , with MRO constantly monitoring Mars for 13 years.
"It's a reminder of what's out there," she told the news. "That's wonderful [crater] I'm glad I got it in the color strip."
The bluish shade of the image may be exposed to ice, although Bray and her colleagues are not sure exactly what it is and
Peter Grindrod, a researcher in Planetary Science at the Museum of Natural History in London, , showing images before and after.
Researchers suspect that the asteroid is not more than 5 feet wide and would probably collapse if it enters the Earth's atmosphere. But since Mars's atmosphere is considerably weaker than Earth's, it has a greater chance of leaving a crater of impact.
It is not clear exactly when the impact occurred, but the best assumption is that the crack crater was formed between September 2016 and February 2019.
NASA's space exploration and, in particular, the maintenance of MRO have been the focus of attention in recent weeks. Tribute by President Trump has sparked confusion earlier this month when he said, "NASA DOES NOT have to talk about going to the moon, but rather focusing on the much bigger things we do, including Mars (of which Moon)
Under the leadership of the Trump administration, the astronauts will return to the moon by 2024.
NASA Administrator Jim Brittenstein tried to downplay the confusion, noting that NASA was using the moon And only last week the Arizona University, who runs the HiRISE camera, publishes a photograph taken by MRO on Mars from the dune, which looks strikingly similar to Starfleet's Star Trek logo.
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