Participation of the Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing Group

Hochauflösende Stereokamera
High Resolution Stereo Camera HRSC

The high-resolution stereo camera HRSC is the German contribution to the Mars Express mission. The instrument provides the raw data from which our working group creates high-resolution color data, stereo images (anaglyphs), 3-D landscapes and virtual flights over the Martian surface as scientific products, but also as products for public outreach (see PR/images). In the preliminary stages raw data pass a multi-stage pre-processing at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The resulting products are the basis of scientific research of the international HRSC team as well as of the published press products that appear both on our websites and on the websites of ESA and DLR.

The HRSC camera was developed under the leadership of Prof. Neukum (deceased) at DLR and constructed in co-operation with the industrial partners EADS Astrium, Lewicki Microelectronic GmbH and Jena-Optronik GmbH. It is operated by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin-Adlershof together with ESA/ESOC. The camera experiment was headed by the Principal Investigator (PI) Prof. Neukum until June 2013. The international HRSC Team consists of 40 Co-Investigators from 33 institutes and 10 nations. The leadership of the international Science Team was officially taken over by Prof. Jaumann (DLR) in July 2013. Prof. van Gasselt is Co-Investigator in the HRSC Science Team, and was the Project Coordinator of the research group at FU Berlin until March 2016. From April 2016 until March 2017, Dr. Julia Lanz-Kröchert was HRSC Project Coordinator and group leader at FU Berlin.

The HRSC camera experiment has been supported since 2003 by the National Space Administration with means of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. Since then, the funding has been extended five times. The current period of funding is from January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2019.

Participants in the Mars Express/HRSC project:

Dr. Julia Lanz-Kröchert HRSC-CoI, Project Coordinator until March 2017
Prof. Dr. Stephan van Gasselt HRSC-CoI, Project Coordinator until March 2016

Prof. Dr. Ralf Jaumann (DLR)

Heike Balthasar
(main contact)

Project Assistance, PR/EO, administration

Alexander Dumke Photogrammetry, remote sensing
Christoph Gross Spectral data fusion
Dr. Gregory Michael HRSC-CoI, Global image mosaicking, surface dating
Dr. Stefanie Musiol Geodynamic processes, FEM, PR/EO, web
Dominik Neu Photogrammetry, remote sensing
Sebastian Walter IT-administration, data processing
Wilhelm Zuschneid Geomorphological remote sensing