Check out this new Mars Express video released by the European Space Agency (ESA)! It’s a video of the topography of Mars as the Mars Express orbiter travels over the land surface. The images are very sharp and you can identify numerous geologic features including craters, landslides, channels, valley networks and mesas. The Mars Express orbiter was launched on June 2, 2003, and arrived at Mars in December 2003. Data is transmitted from the spacecraft to Australia, then processed in Germany. It takes approximately six months to process the data before it’s sent to the ESA.
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Mars Video by European Space Agency
In case you’re not familiar, the ESA has been in existence since 1975 and includes 20 Member States including Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom and others. Canada also assists as needed. Their headquarters are in Paris. The agency oversees numerous space programs and coordinates financial support by the Member States. Programs include earth and space (immediate area and Universe) studies and developing various technologies including satellite-based types. ESA also collaborates with other space programs throughout the world. Their website can be found at: European Space Agency