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Meridiani Planum

The Mars Express is still going strong:

From ESA (Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO):

This perspective view in Meridiani Planum was generated from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express.

It shows the 19 km-wide Bopolu crater in the foreground along with its ejecta blanket – the debris thrown out from the surface during the impact event that formed the crater.

A trio of craters lie a short distance away in the background, the leftmost crater is Endeavour crater, where NASA’s Opportunity rover is currently exploring.

The Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module of ESA’s ExoMars 2016 mission will target a landing site on the smoother, left hand portion of this image in October 2016.