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Mars gets hit by hundreds of basketball-size space rocks every year

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Hundreds of basketball-size space rocks create impact craters on Mars, according to recent research. The data collected by a retired NASA mission could help determine future landing sites for robotic missions and astronauts. The mission, InSight, detected over 1,300 marsquakes and evidence of meteoroids crashing into the planet during its time on Mars. A study found that Mars experiences meteoroid impacts two to ten times more frequently than previously estimated, suggesting that the planet is more geologically active than previously thought. The research also revealed eight new impact craters and identified regular meteoroid collisions with Mars.