Mars Express At Work

The Mars Express is still at work at Mars. The spacecraft was built built more quickly than any other comparable planetary mission at the time only taking 48 months. The Venus Express spacecraft took only 33 months to be built came a couple of years later and launched in 2005.

ESA – Perspective view looking into a 20 km-wide crater in the Thaumasia mountain range. The crater interior shows slumping of its crater walls, but a flat, smooth floor, relating to glacial processes.

The oblique perspective view was generated using data from the Mars Express high-resolution stereo camera stereo channels. This scene is part of the region imaged on 9 April 2017 during Mars Express orbit 16807.

The main image is centered on 281ºE/31ºS is below:

Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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