NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter(MRO) picked up an interesting image on the surface of Mars. It found a newly formed crater that is estimated to be 49 feet wide or 15 meters. The craft has been orbiting the planet for 13 years, and it is using its High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera to take stunning photographs of specific sites on Mars.
Also, using its lower resolution Context Camera (CTX) for shots of multiple sectors of land, the MRO can snap astonishing photos with the Red Planet. Recently, HiRISE has revealed a color photograph which shows a blue crater that is the result of an impact. A rather unusual feature in the flat, orange Martian soil.
It is being theorized that the crater was formed between late 2016 and early 2019. These dates are the best guess because MRO cannot survey the entire landscape at once. But this type of event is not anything new for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. We are being told by HiRISE team members that the satellite has recorded these dark splashes hundreds of times over the years.
NASA’s MRO Spotted A Mysterious, Blue Crater On Mars
The blue crater that was recently found on Mars is among the largest ever seen in 13 years of observations conducted by the MRO. Veronica Bray, staff scientist on the HiRISE project says that the object that caused the impact is only about 5 feet or 1.5 meters wide. An object that size would break apart into even smaller pieces or disintegrate if it would come into contact with Earth’s thick atmosphere.
The scientist also believes that the object had to be more durable than usual. As Veronica Bray observed, that impactors that collide with Mars usually break apart. These smaller pieces tend to form crater chains. Bray tells us that Mars is anything but static. She describes the formation and movement of various geologic and atmospheric phenomena.
The color of the crater in question is a particular source of fascination for the scientist. That is because the impact wave can be clearly observed. The blue crater on Mars gave way for the basaltic rock to reach the surface. And it is not known if the bluish areas of the impact crater expose ice to the naked eye.