Mars Mountains Look Frosty in New Images
A European spacecraft orbiting Mars has snapped wintry-looking pictures of a mountain range on the Red Planet’s southern highlands, where ridges and crater floors are dusted with carbon dioxide frost.
The pictures were captured by the high-resolution stereo camera on the European Space Agency’s (ESA)Mars Express. They show part of Charitum Montes, a large group of rugged mountains stretching over nearly 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) near the southernmost rim of the Argyre impact basin. The brighter features represent a seasonal layer of carbon dioxide frost.
The images, which were obtained on June 18, show that the mountainous region is pockmarked with many large craters, which have been largely filled in with thick sedimentary deposits.