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Tuesday, January 20, 2004



Mars Express Takes Stunning Images of Valles Marineris

Top: High-Resolution Valles Marineris Photo. Bottom: Computer Enhanced Photo of Aircraft Perspective.
Top: High-Resolution Valles Marineris Photo. Bottom: Computer Enhanced Photo of Aircraft Perspective.
Credit: ESA
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.

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