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

The mosaic image is combined with topography information from the digital terrain model (DTM) to generate a three-dimensional landscape. For every second of the movie 50 separate frames are rendered following a pre-defined camera path in the scene. The vertical exaggeration used for the animation is 3. Atmospheric effects, i.e. clouds and haze have been added to conceal the limits of the terrain model. The haze starts building up at 50 km distance. The HRSC camera on Mars Express is operated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The systematic processing of the camera data took place at the DLR Institute for Planetary Research in Berlin-Adlershof. The working group of Planetary Science and Remote Sensing at Freie Universität Berlin used the data to create the film shown here.