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ESA publishes a breathtaking overflight video of the Korolev crater covered with a thick layer of water ice


Take a trip to Mars! ESA publishes a stunning flyover video from the Korolev Crater Mars Express, 51 miles wide and covered with a thick layer of water ice

  • On Mars is the Korolev crater, a frozen valley in the north
  • The depression is about 51 miles wide and more than a mile deep
  • ESA released a breathtaking video of a detailed flight over the frozen crater

It can take years or even decades for people to step on Mars, but now you can take a trip to the Red Planet without leaving your home.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has created a stunning video that shows a detailed flyover of the frozen Korolev crater.

The depression is in the northern lowlands and is 51 miles wide, more than a mile deep, and covered with a layer of thick water ice.

The visualization begins with a picture of Mars and then runs around Korolev for a spectacular view of the frozen cave.

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It can take years or even decades for people to step on Mars, but now you can take a trip to the Red Planet without leaving your home. The European Space Agency (ESA) has created a stunning video that shows a detailed flyover of the frozen Korole crater

"This film was created using an image mosaic based on single-track observations of the high-resolution stereo camera (HRSC) on Mars Express, which was first released in December 2018," ESA said in a statement.

& # 39; The mosaic combines data from the HRSC nadir and color channels. The Nadir Canal is oriented perpendicular to the surface of Mars, as if it were looking directly at the surface. & # 39;

Just south of a large piece of dune-rich terrain that surrounds part of the planet's northern polar cap (known as Olympia Undae), ESA says it is "a particularly well-preserved example of a Mars crater".

It is not filled with snow, but with ice. In the middle there is an ice heap about 5,000 feet thick all year round.

It starts with a snapshot of Mars circling in the dark abyss of space, and then we see a white spot on the dust planet, the Korolev crater

It starts with a snapshot of Mars circling in the dark abyss of space, and then we see a white spot on the dust planet, the Korolev crater

The depression is in the northern lowlands and is 51 miles wide, more than a mile deep, and covered with a layer of thick water ice. The visualization begins with a picture of Mars and then runs around Korolev for a spectacular view of the frozen cave.

The depression is in the northern lowlands and is 51 miles wide, more than a mile deep, and covered with a layer of thick water ice. The visualization begins with a picture of Mars and then runs around Korolev for a spectacular view of the frozen cave.

The deepest parts of the Korolev crater, which contain ice, act as a natural cold trap: the air that moves over the ice deposit cools and sinks, creating a layer of cold air that sits directly over the ice itself.

This layer serves as a protective shield and helps the ice to remain stable and prevents it from heating up and disappearing.

Air is a poor heat conductor, which reinforces this effect and permanently freezes the Korolev crater.

Just south of a large piece of dune-rich terrain that surrounds part of the planet's northern polar cap (known as Olympia Undae), ESA says it is a particularly well-preserved example of a Mars crater.

Just south of a large piece of dune-rich terrain that surrounds part of the planet's northern polar cap (known as Olympia Undae), ESA says it is a particularly well-preserved example of a Mars crater.

The crater is named after the chief rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev, who is known as the father of Soviet space technology

The crater is named after the chief rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev, who is known as the father of Soviet space technology

The video starts with a snapshot of Mars circling in the dark abyss of space, and then we see a white spot on the dust planet, the Korolev crater.

The film goes deeper and leads us through the cave to enjoy every inch of the spectacular view.

The crater is named after the chief rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev, who is known as the father of Soviet space technology.

Korolev worked on a number of well-known missions, including the Sputnik program – the first artificial satellites to be launched into orbit in 1957 and in the following years. The Vostok and Vokshod human space exploration programs (Vostok was the spacecraft that was carried) the first human, Yuri Gagarin, into space in 1961) and the first interplanetary missions to the Moon, Mars and Venus.

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