The image above from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express is a “broom calibration” image, acquired as the spacecraft’s camera pans over the surface from about 9,900 kilometres above the planet.
Originally published by Cosmos as A new perspective on Mars – the South Pole and beyond
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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