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May 25 2013

Pow! Mars Hit By Space Rocks 200 Times a Year


Small space rocks are carving fresh craters into the Martian surface more often than previously thought, researchers say. A new study finds that there are more than 200 asteroid impacts on the Red Planet every year.

These asteroids and comet fragments are usually no bigger than 3 to 6 feet (1 to 2 meters) across about 10 times smaller than the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February. Small space rocks burn up in Earth's atmosphere, never making it to the ground, but they can do damage on Mars because the planet has a much thinner atmosphere.

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