Realistic perspective views of the surface of Mars can be generated from data acquired by the stereo and colour channels of the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, which are oriented at an oblique angle with respect to the planet’s surface. The image shows a part of Nereidum Montes, a chain of mountains over 1000 kilometres long, that is part of the mountainous northern rim of Argyre, the second largest impact crater on Mars. On 6 June 2012, the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, which is operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), photographed a part of this chain of mountains.
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.