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Before/After Photos Reveal Huge New Crater on Mars

New crater discovered on Mars
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univeristy of Arizona

The war like planet has a new battle scar

Photos taken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed a fresh crater “half the size of a football field,” on the surface of Earth’s galactic neighbor, NASA said Thursday.

Before and after photos of a new crater discovered on Mars.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS From left: An image taken on Jan. 16, 2012 compared with the image taken on April 6, 2014 confirms that two adjacent fresh craters appeared during that interval.

The shadowy shape evidently caught scientist Bruce Cantor off guard two months ago. Cantor is in charge of observing Mars weather patterns, and said in a statement that when he investigated older photos of the same place, he was able to determine that the crater first appeared on March 28, 2012.

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