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Crater on Mars Mars Photos

Crater on Mars Mars Photos

This impressive perspective view corresponds to the southeast wall of a fairly old impact crater of Solis Planum, on the edge of the mountainous region of Thaumasia, on Mars.

The crater wall, of which we see about 50 kilometers in the photograph, is about 800 meters high. This area, located on the red planet to the southwest of the imposing Valles Marineris, is characterized by its mountains and faults, which prove the movements of surface plates, or plate tectonics.

The plate tectonics process has long modeled the surface of the Earth, but it is believed that on Mars it has acted more briefly.

The image was composed from the color photo data taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera that carries the ESA Mars Express ship on board.

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