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Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Science |

Mars Express celebrates 10 years with a nearly complete atlas of Mars

Mars Express celebrates 10 years with a nearly complete atlas of Mars

The European Agency (ESA) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Express (MEX), a probe that was launched in June 2003 to orbit around Mars.

Their greatest discovery was modified mineral water detected on the surface of the planet, which were then excavated and analyzed by the U.S. rover Curiosity. Although it was planned that MEx life on Mars would be two years, and are ten and still have fuel to keep running until the end of the decade, if not fault anything before.

The camera system has photographed MEx 95% of Mars, with two thirds of the planet mapped to a resolution of 20 meters per pixel or higher. Several of the shots have been made in stereo, allowing you to create 3D views of the Martian surface.

Thanks to the probe data maps have also been created regarding distribution on the surface of minerals, including iron, olivine and pyroxene.

The information collected by MEx allow European researchers decide where to send their next robot, the ExoMars rover , whose launch is planned for 2018.

In the following video you can see some of the images captured by MEx and mineral maps.

Link: Ten years at Mars: New Global vies plot the Red Planet’s history (ESA)

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