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East of of Valles Marineris - HRSC image 14 January 2004
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- Title East of of Valles Marineris - HRSC image 14 January 2004
- Released 14/01/2004 3:40 pm
- Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
This picture was taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) onboard ESA’s Mars Express orbiter, in colour and 3D, in orbit 18 on 14 January 2004. It shows a perspective view of a mesa in the chaotic regions east of the Valles Marineris, the largest canyons in the Solar System. The surface collapsed a long time ago, when large volumes of water were removed in the subsurface and flowed towards the northern lowlands of Mars. The large crater in the background has a diameter of 7.6 km and a depth of 800 m.