Astrogeology Science Center

Butterfly-shaped crater (Image credit: Euopean Space Agency)
Butterfly-shaped crater (Image credit: Euopean Space Agency)
Fractures of Claritas Fossae (Image credit: Euopean Space Agency)
Fractures of Claritas Fossae (Image credit: Euopean Space Agency)
Eos Chasma (Image credit: Euopean Space Agency)
Eos Chasma (Image credit: Euopean Space Agency)

Mars Express is so named because it was built more quickly than other similar planetary missions. Mission goals include imaging the entire Martian surface in stereo and color at high spacial resolution, high spectral resolution mapping of the mineral composition of the surface, and probing the upper few kilometers of the Martian crust with a radar sounder. USGS reseachers Dr. Randolph Kirk, a Mars Express Co-Investigator, and Dr. Brent Archinal have advised the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) Team concerning cartographic best practices, Mars coordinate systems, and map product design from the inception of the mission. The Astrogeology Team has also developed a processing capability for HRSC images in its Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers (ISIS) software system.