Region South East of Hellas Basin
This view shows a 166 km long strip on the Martian southern hemisphere in the region between the Promethei Terra and the large Hellas impact basin. North is up.
Promethei Terra lies to the east (right in this view) and is part of the southern highlands on Mars. The Hellas impact basin lies to the west (left in this view) and with a diameter of 2100 km is the largest impact crater on Mars. The Hellas crater floor lies some 6 km below the Martian surface and in winter is often filled with white CO2 frost, making it a grateful object to observe for amateur astronomers.
Just south of this view lies the large impact crater Krishtofovich, with a diameter of 110 km. Because it is heavily eroded, Krishtofovich no longer has some of the typical structures of impact craters such as the internal aureoles of ejecta, terraces, or the central tip.
Image created by ESA Science from data contained in the Mars Express public archive. The selected colour scheme is an interpretation based on the original raw data.
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