Exploring Mars!

By Simon Buckley, VOG Group

It has been absolutely fascinating to follow the landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and its mission startup over the last couple of weeks. What spectacular footage – the culmination of years of meticulous science and engineering to safely land the rover on the surface of another planet.

Vista across the Jezero crater landing site, composed and rendered in LIME. 

This feat has inspired us to look at the back catalogue of Mars missions and spatial data that has been collected and made available over the years. In honour of the month of Mars, we’ve prepared an exploration of the Martian landscape – in LIME – which we hope does justice to the amazing datasets and surface topography. All data is credit NASA/JPL/University of Arizona. Composed and rendered in LIME: no Photoshopping applied.

 

Data sources

Incredibly, Mars has been mapped in sometimes greater detail than our own planet Earth. Thanks to open data policies a vast amount is available to us to use in science projects or even just to browse and wonder at the richness of topography, geomorphology and geology exposed on the vegetation-free surface of Mars. The main data sources we’ve compiled here come from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), launched in 2005, which hosts the Context Camera (CTX) and High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) sensors. In addition (in case any more acronyms are needed

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