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Firefighters are battling flames after a brief lightning storm near Elgin ignited several fires that combined into one on Saturday afternoon, according to Sonoita Fire Department PIO Katie Goodwin. SonoitaMore >>
600 acres outside of Elgin have burned. Sonoita Fire Department is on the scene and more units are on their way.More >>
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Starting today, it will be illegal to take a puff from an electronic cigarette in many public places in Los Angeles, including inside bars, restaurants, and clubs. LA is the latest in a growing listMore >>
Starting today, it will be illegal to take a puff from an electronic cigarette in many public places in Los Angeles, including inside bars, restaurants, and clubs.
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The Pima County Fair attracted thousands of people in its first two days and some of those fair goers provided input for a proposed passenger rail from Tucson to Phoenix. Mike Kies, with Arizona DepartmentMore >>
The department's study of this rail project started in 2011 including two previous public comment sessions, according to Kies. He said the hope is to have a final path chosen by the end of the year. There is no money currently identified for future studies or construction of the rail, which is estimated to cost billions of dollars.More >>
The below image was taken by HiRISE on November 19, 2013.
Looking back at images taken the year before, scientists determined the impact crater appeared sometime after May 2012.
The crater, which is about 100 feet across, was created when a meteor crashed into the Red Planet.
NASA says "because the terrain where the crater formed is dusty, the fresh crater appears blue in the enhanced color of the image, due to removal of the reddish dust in that area. Debris tossed outward during the formation of the crater is called ejecta. In examining ejecta's distribution, scientists can learn more about the impact event. The explosion that excavated this crater threw ejecta as far as 9.3 miles."
New impact craters are not uncommon on Mars.
NASA estimates craters at least 12.8 feet across occur at a "rate exceeding 200 per year globally."
However, scientists are interested in this crater because "few of the scars are as dramatic in appearance as this one" says NASA.
This image is one product from the HiRISE observation catalogued as ESP_034285_1835.