How can you tell if a crater is recent? The rim is sharp and the material ejected from its formation is well-preserved. Since it’s relatively recent — in geological time — this crater could have a “steep, active slope,” so NASA will monitor it for changes.
Where on Earth is this freaky lava pool? Why do people hate love locks? Is it true that fire ants love the suburbs? And what do the soon-to-be-lost sounds of the industrial age sound like? All your answers are here, in this week's landscape reads!
From destruction comes rebirth. Chinese architects Xiaomia Xiao, Lixiang Miao, Xinmin Li, and Minzhao Guo dream up a world in which a devastating asteroid has hit, and we use the crater as the site of a thriving city.
The asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaur was at least six miles across and left behind a crater over 110 miles across. But that's nothing compared to a possibly newly discovered impact site.
It looks like something between the Nickelodeon Astro Crag and a piece of swiss cheese, but Timbuk2's latest sleeve has a lot of thought behind it. The casing is meant to ventilate your laptop—just watch for rain.
Things can be pretty slow-going on the red planet for NASA's Mars rover Opportunity. Since January of 2004, the solar-powered Opportunity has been chugging along the planet's surface at a leisurely pace of 60 centimeters an hour, but there's exciting news on the horizon. Or rather, its horizon.
NASA's Messenger probe has already taken thousands of photos of Mercury's surface after coming into orbit around the planet earlier this week. And it's got plenty still to do, including searching for hidden pockets of ice on Mercury's boiling surface.
Most of the craters created by meteorite and asteroid impacts are round, nothing like this strangely elongated, oval-shaped crater recently discovered on Mars. This crater just might be the trendiest meteorite landing spot on all of Mars.
Scientists are suggesting that two different meteors, not a single strike, may have wiped out dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. Interestingly, they struck Earth thousands of years apart.
This crater, known as Orcus Patera, is a strange, elliptical crater located near Mars's equator. Roughly 240 miles long by 90 miles wide, its elongated shape doesn't fit with standard models of crater formation, leaving astronomers with a baffling mystery.
Before the twentieth century, astronomers believed volcanoes formed the Moon's craters instead of meteorite impacts. Now we know better, but those earlier astronomers might not have been completely wrong - at least when it comes to craters like this one.
This crater, located in a remote area of the Sahara desert, was discovered by researchers using Google Earth. And that's actually not even the coolest part. Kamil, as the crater is called, may be the world's best preserved crater.
This close-up of the rough terrain near Mars' Zilair Crater was snapped by the High Resolution (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on August 3. It's one of several amazing new images that make for some beautiful desktop wallpaper.
Martian moons Phobos and Deimos may have once had a lunar sibling. The discovery of a pair of elliptical craters on Mars’ surface have led astronomers to speculate that a small moon may have held an unsteady orbit around the planet, only to be dragged down by Mars’ gravity and destroyed. And one thing is for certain:…
A team of scientists has finally located the impact crater from a "Doomsday" 1908 meteor strike that was one thousand times more powerful than the blast that leveled Hiroshima. You wouldn't think looking for something that size would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but it's gone undetected for nearly…