Space Rock Hits Mars, Leaves Massive Crater


Mars has a fresh new wound.

This image of a 100-foot crater was snapped by a NASA spacecraft last fall and released this week. The space agency says the impact formed sometime between July 2010 and May 2012, and sent debris as far as 9.3 miles away.

The crater and the big scar around it look blue due to the enhanced image and the removal of dust from the area, the agency said in a press release.

The photo was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Mars is hit by some 200 space rocks per year. And, perhaps, the occasional jelly donut.