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19.10.2012

Highlight of the Month October: Valles Marineris


The October 2012 Highlight portrays the central portion of Valles Marineris. With its dimensions of 4000 km length, 200 km width, and a depth up to 10 km Valles Marineris is the largest canyon in the solar system. If our Earth's Grand Canyon is compared to Valles Marineris it appears rather small.

The Martian Canyon is seen in this view online for the first time. This perspective view was created from data captured during 20 individual orbits. It is presented in near-true colour with a resolution of 100 Meters per pixel and four times vertical exaggeration.

Perspective view
Perspective view


The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) experiment on the ESA Mars Express Mission is led by the Principal Investigator (PI) Prof. Dr. Gerhard Neukum who also designed the camera technically. The science team of the experiment consists of 40 Co-Investigators from 33 institutions and 10 nations. The camera was developed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) under the leadership of the PI G. Neukum and built in cooperation with industrial partners (EADS Astrium, Lewicki Microelectronic GmbH and Jena-Optronik GmbH). The experiment on Mars Express is operated by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, through ESA/ESOC. The systematic processing of the HRSC image data is carried out at DLR. The scenes shown here were created by the PI-group at the Institute for Geological Sciences of the Freie Universitaet Berlin.




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