EUROPE MARS MISSION

An image released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 shows a picture taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESAs 'Mars Express' orbiter on Jan. 14, 2004 under the responsibility of the Principal Investigator Prof. Gerhard Neukum. It was processed by the Institute for Planetary Research of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), also involved in the development of the camera, and by the Institute of Geosciences of the Freie Universitaet Berlin. It shows a portion of a 1,700 kilometers (around 1,063 miles) long and 65 kilometers (around 41 miles) wide swath which was taken in south-north direction across the Grand Canyon of Mars (Valles Marineris) from two perspectives. It is the first image of this size that shows the surface of Mars in high resolution (12 metres per pixel), in colour and in 3D. (AP Photo/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin)