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Indian Mars probe beams back 3D canyon snaps

Profound imagery of Ophir Chasma

India's Mars Orbiter Mission Spacecraft, aka Mangalyaan, has beamed back 3D images of the Ophir Chasma, which forms part of the Red Planet's massive Valles Marineris.

One of the images of the Ophir Chasma. Pic: ISRO

The Ophir Chasma poses for Mangalyaan. Pic: ISRO

The snaps were captured by the spacecraft's Mars Colour Camera on 19 July from an altitude of 1857km. Resolution is 96m, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) notes. It adds that the word chasma "has been designated by the International Astronomical Union to refer to an elongated, steepsided depression".

Profound stuff: A 3D view of the Ophir Chasma. Pic: ISRO

The Mars Orbiter Mission launched on 5 November 2013, atop the PSLV-C25. When Mangalyaan arrived at its destination ten months later, India became the first nation "to achieve a successful insertion to Mars orbit on its first attempt".®

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