Springe direkt zu Inhalt

Flight over Becquerel Crater

This animation features Becquerel crater on our neighbor planet Mars. It is based on a color mosaic and digital terrain model of Becquerel from the press release from Sep 5, 2013. The images were acquired by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. The camera is operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR. The animation was created by the Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing group at Freie Universität Berlin. Systematic processing of HRSC image data is carried out at DLR Institute of Planetary Research Berlin-Adlershof.


Becquerel Krater Animation
Becquerel Crater Animation


Crater Becquerel on Mars

Becquerel is situated in the northern hemisphere of Mars in Arabia Terra, a region that is 3.5 billion years old and has many impact craters. On the floor of Becquerel crater sediments build a pile of nearly 1000 meters. Hyperspectral imagery from the CRISM instrument on NASA´s Mars Reconnaissance orbiter show, that the light-toned deposits in this region are composed of sulfate-bearing rocks, partly containing water. On Earth, the formation of most sulfates (for example gypsum) results from the evaporation of water. The common occurrences of these deposits in Arabia Terra point to a large-scale process responsible for the formation of the layered deposits. Presumably, the sediments were created by the interaction of wind-blown sediments and/or volcanic ashes and upwelling groundwater in low lying areas such as crater floors.


Image processing and the HRSC experiment on Mars Express

This movie is generated from an image mosaic, composed of 4 single HRSC images (orbits 3253_1, 5368, 5350, 5332) with an average ground resolution of 17 meters per pixel. The image center lies at approximately 22° northern latitude and 352° eastern longitude. The mosaic image was combined with topography information (from stereo data of HRSC) to generate a three-dimensional landscape. Finally this landscape is recorded from different perspectives, as with a movie camera, to render a flight. 



To download the raw images and dtms in GIS-ready formats, follow this link to Becquerel crater on the mapserver.



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

Music: Eugene Goh, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Copyright Notice:
This video (without music) is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO) licence. The user is allowed to reproduce, distribute, adapt, translate and publicly perform it, without explicit permission, provided that the content is accompanied by an acknowledgement that the source is credited as 'ESA/DLR/FU Berlin', a direct link to the licence text is provided and that it is clearly indicated if changes were made to the original content. Adaptation/translation/derivatives must be distributed under the same licence terms as this publication.


The High Resolution Stereo Camera was developed at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and built in collaboration with partners in industry (EADS Astrium, Lewicki Microelectronic GmbH and Jena-Optronik GmbH). The science team, which is headed by principal investigator (PI) Ralf Jaumann, consists of over 52 co-investigators from 34 institutions and ten countries.