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

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:

3 Replies to “Stunning New Flyover Video: Volcanoes, Canyons and Craters of Mars”

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

    1. 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.

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