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Highlight of the Month :

Our highlight shows a flyover over Nicholson crater (0°N/195.5°E) located near the highland-lowland dichotomy of Mars. Nicholson crater is a peculiar impact structure which resembles a central peak surrounded by soft sediments. The origin of those sediments is still being debated. The crater is about 100 km in diameter and is almost completely covered by HRSC orbit 1104. Best ground resolution of the nadir is 12.8 m/pixel; the DTM has a resolution of 75 m/pixel. The animation was created using the software LightWave.

Video: Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

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: Selected single orbit parameters

Orbit 1104
Sequence 0
Longitude [°]

Latitude [°] 0,09
Longitude [°]
Image Date
Height [km]

Width [km]

Scaled Pixel
Width [km]

Best Ground
Resolution [km]

Phase Angle [°]

The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) experiment on the ESA Mars Express Mission is led by the Principal Investigator (PI) Prof. Dr. Gerhard Neukum who also designed the camera technically. The science team of the experiment consists of 40 Co-Investigators from 33 institutions and 10 nations. The camera was developed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) under the leadership of the PI G. Neukum and built in cooperation with industrial partners (EADS Astrium, Lewicki Microelectronic GmbH and Jena-Optronik GmbH). The experiment on Mars Express is operated by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, through ESA/ESOC. The systematic processing of the HRSC image data is carried out at DLR. The scenes shown here were created by the PI-group at the Institute for Geological Sciences of the Freie Universitaet Berlin.


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