The European Space Agency released a never-before-seen view of the icy Mars Canyon, known as the Korolev Crater. The Korolev crater is understood by scientists as a likely future water source for human colonists. The stunning flyover video is actually carefully reconstructed from combined scans of the planet’s surface.
Topographic data captured by a high resolution stereo camera on board the Mars Express probe was used to create the remarkable 3D landscape.
ESA’s Mars Express mission started in 2003 before reaching the Red Planet six months later and has been returning images of the planet since then.
The 82 km wide Korolev crater is located in the northern lowlands of Mars.
The video was produced with a resolution of 21
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It’s filled with ice all year round since its bottom is more than a mile deep below its rim, making it a natural cold trap that protects the ice from the elements.
Korolev is considered one of the largest reservoirs for non-polar ice on Mars.
The crater itself was named in honor of the Soviet rocket engineer Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, who is known as the father of Russian space technology.
The footage was released to invite the public on a “trip” to the Red Planet.
Starship is the prototype of a spacecraft that, in combination with the upcoming Super Heavy rocket amplifier, is designed to fly up to 100 people to Mars at the same time.
Mr. Musk wrote in the email: “We need to accelerate Starship’s progress dramatically and immediately.
“Please consider SpaceX’s top priority (apart from anything that could reduce the risk of dragon return) as a spaceship.”
Scientists from the University of Bordeaux in France recently found that 110 people are needed to colonize Mars.