Looking down from orbit on January 14, ESA'sMarsExpress
spacecraft scanned a 1700 by 65 kilometerswath acrossValles Marineris
- the Grand Canyon of Mars - with its remarkable High Resolution Stereo Camera.
This spectacular picture
reconstructs part of the scanned region from the stereo colour image data recording the rugged terrain with a resolution of 12 metres per pixel.
Joining Mars Global Surveyor
, Mars Express
has been orbiting the red planet since December 25th, returning scientific data, acting as a communications relay, and even making coordinated
atmospheric observations with NASA'sSpirit Rover
on the surface.
The Beagle 2
lander was released from Mars Express making a landing attempt also on December 25th, but no signal has been received so far.