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Originally posted by MickeyDee
The ESA made alot of mock-up images for their forthcoming Aurora program (Manned missions to Mars) and this looks like one of them!
[edit on 17/7/2005 by MickeyDee]
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, show Nicholson Crater, located at the southern edge of Amazonis Planitia on Mars.
High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC)
The HRSC is imaging the entire planet in full colour, 3D and with a resolution of about 10 metres. Selected areas will be imaged at 2-metre resolution. One of the camera's greatest strengths will be the unprecedented pointing accuracy achieved by combining images at the two different resolutions. Another will be the 3D imaging which will reveal the topography of Mars in full colour.
Originally posted by The Block
I think the ESA have it all over NASA, when it comes to global imaging of Mars that is. Check out this pic and tell me what you think. www.universetoday.com...
[edit on 17/7/05 by The Block]
NASA's New Mars Orbiter Will Sharpen Vision of Exploration
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2005
NASA's next mission to Mars will examine it in unprecedented detail from low orbit. It will provide more data about that intriguing planet than all previous missions combined. Launch opportunities begin Aug. 10 for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The orbiter and its launch vehicle are nearing final stages of preparation at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
The spacecraft will examine Martian features ranging from the top of the atmosphere to underground layering. Researchers will use it to study the history and distribution of Martian water. It will also support future Mars missions by characterizing landing sites and providing a high-data-rate communications relay.
"Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is the next step in our ambitious exploration of Mars," said NASA's director, Mars Exploration Program, Science Mission Directorate, Douglas McCuistion. "We expect to use this spacecraft's eyes in the sky in coming years as our primary tools to identify and evaluate the best places for future missions to land."
The spacecraft carries six instruments for probing the atmosphere, surface and subsurface to characterize the planet and how it changed over time. One of the science payload's three cameras will be the largest-diameter telescopic camera ever sent to another planet.
Originally posted by Terapin
Axtualy the ESA and NASA do work together and share science very well. The ESA orbiter around Mars was built with the help of NASA. Space belongs to mankind, not countries or agencies. Most scientists dont care much for politics anyway.
Yes, That image is indeed real.
Originally posted by menguard
This Esa sure has given some nice pictures.Is Esa another american space crew?Looking forward to seeing more on pictures.
1) Has a better budget-handling than NASA which very often wastes money