37th DPS Meeting, 4-9 September 2005
Session 19 Mars I
Oral, HAD Intro., Tuesday, September 6, 2005, 9:00-10:30am, Music Concert Hall

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[19.03] The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) Experiment on Mars Express: Highlight results from observations over one and a half years in orbit

G. Neukum (AAS), HRSC Co-Investigator Team

By the time of this presentation, the camera will have acquired data in more than 800 orbits out of a total of more than 2000 orbits; this results in a coverage of ~ 30% of the Martian surface at a resolution of 10 m - 20 m per pixel in color and stereo. By now, the major volcanoes and structures which show signs of fluvial, hydrothermal, and glacial activity have been investigated in detail, the atmospheric properties over the areas imaged have been analysed, color properties of the surface materials have been assessed and all data have been reduced to geometrically and radiometrically calibrated image swaths, which in most cases have been map - projected and processed to extract digital terrain information. All data obtained over the first year of the orbital phase have been put in final archival form for distribution to the general community through the ESA and NASA science data archives. We will show major results highlighting the morphology of key Martian surface structures, discuss the processes which shaped the structures over time, and present information on chronostratigraphic relationships. The data will be put in context with respect to the global geologic evolution of Mars and its climate.

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