Friday, January 30, 2009

HiRISE camera spotting brand new Martian craters

Some of the Martian impact craters imaged by the UA's HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter were formed in the last 10 years or less.

The HiRISE team met in Tucson the past two days and some of the discussion centered on recognition of craters that were not present in images dating back 10 years, meaning the impacts occurred sometime in the past decade.

It sounds like the planetary scientists are surprised by the number and size of new craters discovered.

[right, HiRISE image released Jan. 21, showing a small very fresh crater (roughly 300 meters across) in the image center with dark ejecta. It was probably formed by the impact of a small asteroid less than 20 m in diameter. This is not necessarily one of the craters formed in the past few years.]


  1. Anonymous6:37 AM

    Hi Lee Allison,
    Thanks so much for your blog! I love Arizona, and its science, but have been living away for about a year. Your blog is keeping me up to speed, and it is showing me a great example of science blogging, which I've just started exploring for myself. I'm about to write my own post, tipped off by your Grand Canyon flood post from a couple of days ago. When I finish, perhaps I'll put another comment with the link?
    Anne Minard

  2. Thanks Anne, and welcome to the geoblogosphere. You might check out the geoblogging aggregator that Robert and Jens put together from GFZ in Potsdam. You can find the latest posts from everyone there -