Colour plan view of Tin­to Val­lis

Colour plan view of Tinto Vallis
Colour plan view of Tin­to Val­lis
Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Colour plan view of Tinto Vallis

High Res­o­lu­tion Stereo Cam­era (HRSC) nadir and colour chan­nel da­ta ac­quired dur­ing or­bit 11,497 on 13 Jan­uary 2013 by ESA’s Mars Ex­press space­craft has been com­bined to form a nat­u­ral-colour view of the Tin­to Val­lis re­gion. The re­gion im­aged, which lies south­west of Amen­thes Ru­pes and Pa­los Crater, is cen­tred at around three de­grees south and 109 de­grees east, and has a ground res­o­lu­tion of about 22 me­tres per pix­el. The mouth of Tin­to Val­lis, seen clear­ly in the low­er cen­tre of this im­age, is be­lieved to have formed 3.7 bil­lion years ago af­ter vol­canic ac­tiv­i­ty warmed and melt­ed sub­sur­face ice, which then es­caped to the sur­face to form 'sap­ping val­leys'. Copy­right note: As a joint un­der­tak­ing by DLR, ESA and FU Berlin, the Mars Ex­press HRSC im­ages are pub­lished un­der a Cre­ative Com­mons li­cence since De­cem­ber 2014: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. This li­cence will al­so ap­ply to all HRSC im­ages re­leased to date.

High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) nadir and colour channel data acquired during orbit 11,497 on 13 January 2013 by ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft has been combined to form a natural-colour view of the Tinto Vallis region. The region imaged, which lies southwest of Amenthes Rupes and Palos Crater, is centred at around three degrees south and 109 degrees east, and has a ground resolution of about 22 metres per pixel. The mouth of Tinto Vallis, seen clearly in the lower centre of this image, is believed to have formed 3.7 billion years ago after volcanic activity warmed and melted subsurface ice, which then escaped to the surface to form 'sapping valleys'. Copyright note: As a joint undertaking by DLR, ESA and FU Berlin, the Mars Express HRSC images are published under a Creative Commons licence since December 2014: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. This licence will also apply to all HRSC images released to date.

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