Scientists found that a giant asteroid left 2 billion craters on Mars 22:29

An international team of researchers examined the consequences of Mars’ collision with a giant asteroid that occurred approximately 2.3 million years ago. This event left a 14-kilometer-wide impact crater on the planet’s surface and also created approximately 2 billion smaller craters. The report was published in the official gazette Web site Universities Research Association (USRA).

The main crater, known as Corinto Crater, is located in Elysium Planitia, a large area at the Martian equator. Scientists estimate that asteroids capable of leaving such traces hit a neighboring planet every 3 million years.

The team used data collected from a high-resolution imaging experiment and a context camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to study Corinto and its surroundings.

The object that formed Corinto dotted the surrounding landscape with smaller craters, according to the study. Fragments of the asteroid scattered up to 1,850 kilometers from where the object fell, forming characteristic patterns on the surface.

According to the team, Corinto may be the youngest crater to hit Mars so far.

Previously on Mars to create a new volcano whose height exceeds all mountains on Earth.

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Source: Gazeta

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