Photo credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO via New Atlas
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express consists of two parts, the Mars Express Orbiter and Beagle 2, a lander designed to perform exobiology and geochemistry research. Despite the lander failing to fully deploy after it landed on the Martian surface, the orbiter has been successfully performing scientific measurements since early 2004, most notably high-resolution imaging and mineralogical mapping of the surface. Read more to see the amazing new mosaic it has captured of the Red Planet.
Photo credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
This incredible mosaic from ESA’s Mars Express stretches from the illuminated, cloud-covered north pole of Mars to the contrasting hues of the northern hemisphere and the rocky cratered terrain in the south. The high-resolution photographs used to create this were captured using the High Resolution Stereo Camera mounted on the spacecraft, captured on June 17, as the probe made its 19,550th orbit of the Red Planet.