Photo Gallery: Mars Express First Image

Here’s a 1024×768 resolution wallpaper of the amazing first photograph of Mars taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft. The stereoscopic image was taken on January 14, 2004 by Mars Express when it was 275 kilometres above the Valles Marineris – a 1700 km long by 65 km wide canyon that runs across the surface of Mars.

Photo Gallery: Southwest of Spirit’s Landing Site

This image mosaic was taken by the Mars Spirit rover while it was still sitting on its landing platform – the direction is to the southwest of the landing site. The landscape is very flat, scattered with small rocks and occasional shallow depressions; the narrow peak of a hill is visible seven to eight kilometres away. The image was taken using Spirit’s Panoramic Camera.