NASA photographs a fresh crater on Mars that's only a couple years old

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 NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed a fresh crater on Mars's surface that appears to be only a couple of years old.

Mars, like Earth, is bombarded with a variety of meteors that vary in size and composition. Some of the space pebbles reach the earth's surface.

Researchers believe they have identified a new crater on Mars using photographs and data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). 


The following image was taken by MRO on July 24, 2020, and when compared to an image taken of the same site in 2018, the crater is missing


 indicating that an impact occurred between 2018 and 2020.

The MRO was launched in 2005 and has been collecting data on Mars since 2006

Researchers have estimated that Mars is blasted by roughly 200 meteors every year based on their considerable data gathering

The HiRISE camera that captured these photographs added "fake" colour into the image,

 making it easier for researchers to discern between different materials and textures

If the person observing the crater was standing close to it, it would appear very different. 

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