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Tuesday, January 20, 2004|
|Mars Express Takes Stunning Images of Valles Marineris|
The Mars Express orbiter has taken the first images of their kind of Mars. These high-resolution 3-D color pictures are stunning, and the detail makes it possible to construct views from different perspectives. The ESA plans to release a three-dimensional video sequence showing Mars through European eyes on Friday the 23rd.
|Top: High-Resolution Valles Marineris Photo. Bottom: Computer Enhanced Photo of Aircraft Perspective.|
Although calibration of instruments is still underway, the orbiter seems destined to escape the problems that have caused the Beagle 2 lander to fail to signal Earth. With luck, the data that the Mars Express will provide will help future explorers to survive on the surface.
(More info: ESA)
- posted by Brian @ 21:55 EST