The commemorative map celebrating a decade at Mars
2013 celebrated an impressive ten years of the Mars Express orbiter at Mars. This acknowledged Europe’s first and finest space exploration mission and, as part of the achievement, a near-complete topographical map of the planet’s surface was produced, which combined data from almost 12,500 orbits.
This map flaunts some remarkable sites on the Martian surface, courtesy of the HRSC instrument. These sights include Valles Marineris, Olympus Mons and other craters and mountains, as well as ancient river beds and lava flows.
Valles Marineris is a huge canyon that runs across Mars’ equator