[N] 2003 Radar snapshot of Chicxulub
Nasa presented a radar snapshot taken from space of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula the photo (radar imagery) shows the clearest view yet of the 65 million-year-old crater.
The photo was made same years ago by the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour as part of an effort to create the world’s most detailed topographical maps and shows the outline of the 180-kilometer-wide crater. Millions of years of erosion erased nearly every trace of the crater for the naked eye. According to geologist Alan Hildebrand (University of Calgary) the photo supported what he and his colleagues saw in the 1990s, “I’m delighted to see this image because it does so clearly show the valley associated with the cenote ring,” he said.