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Picture taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera HRSC
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Picture taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) onboard ESA’s Mars Express orbiter

January 18, 2005
14 January 2004

Picture taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express orbiter on 14 January 2004 under the responsibility of the Principal Investigator Prof. Gerhard Neukum. It was processed by the Institute for Planetary Research of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), also involved in the development of the camera, and by the Institute of Geosciences of the Freie Universität Berlin.

It shows a portion of a 1700 km long and 65 km wide swath which was taken in south-north direction across the Grand Canyon of Mars (Valles Marineris) from two perspectives. It is the first image of this size that shows the surface of Mars in high resolution (12 metres per pixel), in colour and in 3D.


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