As part of the space mission, since January 2004 the Mars Express space probe has been providing scientifically important images and data from Earth’s neighbor, the red planet Mars. The images and data give, for example, information about the climate history and the morphology of Mars. Professor Neukum said that, provided there are good weather conditions on Mars, the extension will enable his team to approach its goal of mapping the entire planet in three dimensions and in color. With the data from the stereo camera, the researchers from Freie Universität have been able to create a high-resolution terrain model that already covers 60 percent of the surface of Mars at a lateral resolution of 10 to 20 meters per pixel.
Originally, only a two-year mission duration was planned for the Mars Express mission. It is now already in its fourth extension phase. The spacecraft and its experiments have now been functioning considerably longer than the originally planned mission duration, which represents outstanding technical achievement by the European space industry and research institutions. Since the beginning of the mission, hundreds of scientific papers by members of the group have appeared in prestigious publications, including Science and Nature.
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• Prof. Dr. Gerhard Neukum, Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing
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• Dipl.-Geogr. Heike Balthasar
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