NASA’s HiRISE Team Find Impact Zones on Mars Caused By The Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover

March 30, 2015 7:31 AM

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The Mars Curiosity rover has brought new information to scientists at NASA but perhaps one of the most interesting things we have learned comes as something quite unexpected. A satellite orbiting above Mars has observed that the Mars Curiosity Rover created a dark blast zone when it landed on the Red Planet in August of 2012. For a satellite to notice it—and capture it—this blast zone must have been pretty significant.

“Spacecraft like Curiosity create these dark blast zone patterns where bright dust is blown away by the landing,” explains HiRISE team scientist Ingrid Daubar of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, CA. He has used similar blast zone trials to uncover fresh meteor impact sites on the plane...

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