The “snowy” crater on Mars

The “snowy” crater on Mars

 The snowy crater on Mars

This crater image shows what appears to be a large patch of fresh, untrodden snow – a dream for any lover of the holiday season.

However, it’s a little too distant for a last-minute winter getaway: this feature, known as Korolev crater, is found on Mars, and is shown here in beautiful detail as seen by Mars Express.



ESA’s Mars Express mission launched on 2 June 2003, and reached Mars six months later. The satellite fired its main engine and entered orbit around the Red Planet on 25 December, making this month the 15-year anniversary of the spacecraft’s orbit insertion and the beginning of its science programme.

The snowy crater on Mars

Plan view of Korolev crater

These images are an excellent celebration of such a milestone. Taken by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), this view of Korolev crater comprises five different ‘strips’ that have been combined to form a single image, with each strip gathered over a different orbit. The crater is also shown in perspective, context, and topographic views, all of which offer a more complete view of the terrain in and around the crater.

The snowy crater on Mars



Topography of Korolev crater

source ESA

 

By |2018-12-21T11:15:19+02:00Dec 21, 2018|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , |

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