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The Syrtis Major Volcanic Province. Acquired by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express Satellite, this image depicts a detailed region of the Martian Nili Fossae Graben system. This system is an area of great interest to geologists due to the variety of its landscape. The graben system contains numerous troughs, plateaus, impact craters and depressions.
Hellas Basin Mars Acquisition date: 26 December 2009 Local Mars time: 2:42 PM Latitude (centered): -37.455° Longitude (East): 57.636° Range to target site: 286.9 km (179.3 miles) Original image scale range: 57.4 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~172 cm across are resolved Map projected scale: 50 cm/pixel and North is up
The Mars Express orbiter captured this striking view of rugged Martian landscapes extending from a mist-filled Coprates Chasma in the south, to Juventae Chasma and the outflow channels of Maja Valles in the north. Juventae Chasma, the box canyon near the center of the image, is about 100 km wide.