Stunning New Flyover Video: Volcanoes, Canyons and Craters of Mars

by Nancy Atkinson on October 28, 2013

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Go from the highest volcano to the deepest canyon on Mars in this great new complication video from images taken by ESA’s Mars Express. The data shown here was gathered from the nearly 12,500 orbits by the Mars Express spacecraft since its arrival at the Red Planet in late 2003, and used to create digital topographic models of almost the entire surface of the planet. Not only does this provide unique and stunning visualization to create these “flyovers” of various locals on Mars, it also enables researchers to acquire new and surprising information about the evolution of the Red Planet.

The images in this movie were taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera and the video was released by the DLR German Aerospace Center as part of the ten years of Mars Express celebrations in June 2013, and was just released online today.

Enjoy another recent Mars Express video, a flythrough of Hebes Chasma:

Mars Express over water-ice crater.  ESA Celebrates 10 Years since the launch of Mars Express. This artists concept shows Mars Express set against a 35 km-wide crater in the Vastitas Borealis region of Mars at approximately 70.5°N / 103°E. The crater contains a permanent patch of water-ice that likely sits upon a dune field – some of the dunes are exposed towards the top left in this image. Copyright ESA/DLR/FU-Berlin-G.Neukum

Mars Express over water-ice crater. ESA Celebrates 10 Years since the launch of Mars Express. This artists concept shows Mars Express set against a 35 km-wide crater in the Vastitas Borealis region of Mars at approximately 70.5°N / 103°E. The crater contains a permanent patch of water-ice that likely sits upon a dune field – some of the dunes are exposed towards the top left in this image. Copyright ESA/DLR/FU-Berlin-G.Neukum

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Dubravko J October 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM

This is absolutely the most beautiful video I’ve seen in ages!

Erica Greaves October 28, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Is this all conceptual? Sorry to be a noob but it’d be major news if we actually found that Mars had volcanoes, no?

NancyAtkinson October 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Digital topographic models or digital elevation models are 3D representations made from a combination of images and elevation data. So, its kind of conceptual, but are likely fairly accurate. Mars has ancient volcanoes, there’s not any evidence they are currently active.

Erica Greaves October 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Thanks :)

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