Washington : A huge new crater on the surface of Mars – spanning half the length of a football field – has been discovered by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet. Researchers found the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with images captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The crater spans half the length of a football field and first appeared in March 2012. The impact that created it likely was preceded by an explosion in the Martian sky caused by intense friction between an incoming asteroid and the planet’s atmosphere.

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