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Post by Dragon Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:05 am

The new image was acquired by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) onboard Mars Express on November 8, 2020.

It shows dune fields and several periglacial formations in the southern polar region of Mars, with the pole itself located directly out of frame to the right.

The region is typically covered in a 1.5 km-thick ice cap measuring around 400 km across and with a volume of 1.6 million km3, just over 12% of which is water ice.

The rest of the cap is largely composed of solid carbon dioxide, which freezes from the atmosphere during winter and then sublimates in the summer.

As Mars’ southern hemisphere is currently experiencing summer, the new mage shows the planet’s southern polar ice stores at their lowest annual levels.

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Post by Dragon Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:07 am

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Image credit: ESA / DLR / FU Berlin / CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

This image comprises data gathered by ESA’s Mars Express on November 8, 2020, during orbit 21,305.

The wings of an angelic figure, complete with halo, can be seen sweeping up and off the top of the frame in a new image from ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, while a large heart sits just right of center.

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The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has been delivering imagery of the Red Planet for 15 years.

Incredible visualizations of the Martian surface have been created as a result.


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