Topographic Map of Mars Released
Astronomers at the European Space Agency (ESA) have produced what they call the first "hiking map of Mars."
The maps superimpose contours and geological feature names upon high-resolution images of Mars, taken by the (HRSC) . The ESA scientist say the maps could become a standard reference for future Martian research.
Data from the HRSC has been transformed into three-dimensional Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) of the Martian surface. The DTMs were then used to produce a series of topographic maps at different scales. Each contour lines on the maps represents 250 meters in elevation.
The results are maps similar to those produced in the United Kingdom by Ordinance Survey and in the United States by the U.S.G.S.
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