A new crater was discovered on the surface of Mars by the European Space Agency Mars Express probe: images taken by its HRSC instrument (High Resolution Stereo Camera) show a large cavity about 4 kilometers deep, covering a diameter of 50 km, with a small depression in the center. The HRSC instrument, managed by German Space Agency DLR, took the pictures of the crater during the 14,680th orbit on July 29, 2015.
The crater, located south-west of ‘Mare Serpentis’ flat area in the ‘Noachis Terra‘ region, was caused by impact. The ‘Noachis Terra’ region is one of the oldest of the planet, almost 4 billion years ago, particularly representative of the ancient Martian surface because of its studded with craters conformation. These features are commonly found on bodies in the Solar System: it is believed that the formation of such craters is connected to the reaction of the frozen material that is vaporized in the heat developed by a collision.