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Comet 67P from 13km distance
11-08-2016 02:00 PM CEST

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Comet 67P from 13km distance

Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera shot this close up of comet 67P from 13km distance on 10 August. Only so many more of these before mission end (30 September).

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Mars Express image of Schiaparelli’s landing site with ellipse
11-08-2016 11:39 AM CEST

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Mars Express image of Schiaparelli's landing site with ellipse

The landing ellipse of Schiaparelli, the ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module, is shown in this four-image High Resolution Stereo Camera mosaic of Meridiani Planum compiled from Mars Express data.

The mosaic consists of four orbit strips, 2064, 2075, 2086, 8423, taken on 23, 26 and 29 August 2005, and 1 August 2010 respectively, and covers a region 352.5°–356.5°E and 4.5°S–0.5°N. It was created using data from the nadir channel, the field of view of which is aligned perpendicular to the surface of Mars, and the colour channels of the HRSC.

To the north, smooth, flat plains are observed, with faint traces of ancient craters. Schiaparelli, the ExoMars Entry, Descent, and Landing Demonstrator Module, will target a flat region within the smooth plains, to the west of 22 km-wide Endeavour crater, close to the centre of this image.

Below and to the left is 19 km-wide Bopolu crater, which lies within the much larger Miyamoto crater. Parts of the northern rim of Miyamoto have since been buried, leaving only the southern portions clearly visible.

In the south and southeastern portions of the image in particular, a number of channels can be identified, carved by water flow in Mars’ past.

Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Meridiani Planum in context
11-08-2016 11:39 AM CEST

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Meridiani Planum in context

This context image shows Meridiani Planum on Mars, including the planned landing site of Schiaparelli, the ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module, which will touch down on the Red Planet on 19 October 2016.

The landing ellipse lies within the region outlined by the inner white box, close to Endeavour crater. See the associated image release for details.

This region was imaged during Mars Express orbits 2064, 2075, 2086, 8423, corresponding to taken on 23, 26 and 29 August 2005, and 1 August 2010 respectively.

Credit: NASA MGS MOLA Science Team

Perspective view in Meridiani Planum with Schiaparelli landing ellipse
11-08-2016 11:39 AM CEST

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Perspective view in Meridiani Planum with Schiaparelli landing ellipse

This perspective view in Meridiani Planum was generated from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express.

The Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module of ESA’s ExoMars 2016 mission will target a landing site within the ellipse marked on the left hand side of the image.

The ellipse extends close to Endeavour crater in the background, where NASA’s Opportunity rover is currently exploring.

This oblique view also affords a detailed look at the 19 km-wide Bopolu crater in the foreground, and its ejecta blanket – the debris thrown out from the surface during the impact event that formed the crater.

Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Meridiani Planum topography with Schiaparelli landing ellipse
11-08-2016 11:39 AM CEST

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Meridiani Planum topography with Schiaparelli landing ellipse

The colour-coded topographic view shows relative heights and depths of terrain in the Meridiani Planum region on Mars. Red and white represent the highest terrain, and blues and purples show lower terrain such as the interiors of craters (see key).

The ellipse marked on the map outlines the target landing area for Schiaparelli, the ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module. The site was chosen based on its relatively flat and smooth characteristics, in order to adhere to landing safety requirements.

Endeavour crater lies immediately to the south east of the landing ellipse.

The image is based on a digital terrain model of the region, from which the topography of the landscape can be derived. The view comprises four images taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on Mars Express on 23, 26and 29 August 2005, and 1 August 2010, and covers a region 352.5°–356.5°E and 4.5°S–0.5°N.

Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Perspective view in Meridiani Planum with Schiaparelli landing ellipse 2
11-08-2016 11:39 AM CEST

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Perspective view in Meridiani Planum with Schiaparelli landing ellipse 2

This perspective view in Meridiani Planum was generated from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express.

It shows a relatively flat and smooth foreground, which includes the landing ellipse of the ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module.

Endeavour Crater, the current home to NASA’s Opportunity Rover, is in the background, while the crater in the foreground is known as Bopolu. Endeavour is about 22 km across, while Bopolu is 19 km wide. Surrounding Bopolu is the distinct pattern of crater ejecta – the debris thrown out from the surface during the impact event that formed the crater.

Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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