Indian probe captures amazing 3D image of vast Mars canyon

[Image credits: Indian Space Research Organization]

By Steve Dent, Engadget, Aug 21, 2015 – India’s space agency revealed new photos of a prominent canyon on Mars and showed that it’s getting a lot out of a cheap, experimental mission. Images from the nation’s Mars Orbital Mission, aka “Mangalyaan,” show part of the 62 mile wide and 317 mile long Ophir Chasma canyon. On top of the photo (below) taken from an altitude of 1,857 km (1,154 miles), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created a 3D render of the landmark (above, and bottom). The probe has already taken numerous thermal and full-color images and monitored the atmosphere and radiation levels on the red planet.

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