Deuteronilus Mensae
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Deuteronilus Mensae

May 21, 2007

The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express has captured breathtaking images of the Deuteronilus Mensae region on Mars.

The images were taken on 14 March 2005 during orbit number 1483 of the Mars Express spacecraft with a ground resolution of approximately 29 metres per pixel.

They show the Deuteronilus Mensae region, located on the northern edge of Arabia Terra and bordering the southern highlands and the northern lowlands. Situated at approximately 39° North and 23° East, Deuteronilus Mensae are primarily characterised by glacial features. The scene is illuminated by the Sun from the south-west (from bottom left in the image).

The scene is dominated by a depression measuring approximately 2,000 metres in depth and 110 kilometres in diameter, north to south.

Visible in the centre of the first image, the interior of the depression is characterised by dark material, differing from the light-toned surrounding plains.

The area is located on the northern edge of Arabia Terra and borders the southern high- and northern lowlands, at approximately 39° North and 23° East.

The scene has been derived from the three HRSC colour channels and the nadir channel.

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