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Stunning new images of Hebes Chasma, the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Mars, have been captured in 3D by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express. This valley is a strange 196-mile (315km) scar that sits almost right in the middle of the Martian equator on the northern edge of the Valles Marineris canyon, almost 8 km-deep trough stretching 315 km in an east-west direction and 125 km from north to south at its widest point. Continue reading for the video and more information.
According to The Daily Mail, “By imaging the landscape at three different wavelengths, the space agency has provides an insight into how the canyon will look from various angles. Ripped apart by tectonic forces, the origin of Hebes Chasma and neighbouring canyons is associated with the nearby volcanic Tharsis Region, a huge region on Mars formed during its ancient volcanic history.