Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Syrtis Major

Syrtis Major, discovered in 1659 by Christaan Huygens, is a volcanic province on Mars. The image is centered on approximately 16°N/73°E. The High-Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express collected the data for these images on 8 June 2011 during orbit 9487. The images have a ground resolution of approximately 19 m per pixel. This perspective view has been calculated from the Digital Terrain Model derived from the stereo channels. Some ancient lava flow fronts are seen in the foreground and a lighter-toned butte is emerging on the right.

Photo credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

Note: For more information, see Mars Express Reveals Wind-Blown Deposits on Mars.

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