Mars’ Scars

New photos taken by the European Space Agency’s orbiter Mars Express show an “elongated” impact crater in Mars’ southern hemisphere.


Most impact marks are from direct hits that produce round craters. This unusually long crater was most likely made by impact from “a train of projectiles striking the planet at a shallow angle.” It’s possible that the projectiles in this train were once part of an intact body.


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We know far more about Mars now than we did 60-plus years ago. For a glimpse at the past, check out our “Exploring Mars” feature from the March 1950 issue of Boys’ Life. Click here to read it all.


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