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ESA/DLR/FU Berlin; NASA MGS MOLA Science Team

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Here's What Mars' Amazing Polar Ice Cap Swirls Look Like From Above

Courtesy of the European Mars Express orbiter, a new perspective of the Red Planet's north pole provides a stunning new view of the ancient Martian ice.

February 3, 2017
2:13 PM EST
This color moasic was generated from 32 individual orbit 'strips' captured between 2004 and 2010 by the High Resolution Stereo Camera onboard ESA's Mars Express (ESA/DLR/FU Berlin)
This perspective view of the Mars north polar cap focuses on the ~500 km long, 100 km wide, and 2 km-deep canyon known as Chasma Boreale (ESA/DLR/FU Berlin; NASA MGS MOLA Science Team)