Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland
High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) nadir and colour channel data taken during revolution 10778 on 18 June 2012 by ESA’s Mars Express have been combined to form a natural-colour view of Charitum Montes. Centred at around 53°S and 334°E, the image has a ground resolution of about 20 m per pixel. The heavily cratered region in this image is at the edge of the almost 1000 km long mountain range, which itself wraps around the boundary of the Argyre impact basin, the second largest on Mars.
Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
6 December 2012
The high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express imaged the Charitum Montes region of the Red Planet on 18 June, near to Gale crater and the Argyre basin featured in our October and November image releases.
The brighter features, giving the image an ethereal winter-like feel in the colour images, are surfaces covered with seasonal carbon dioxide frost.
Charitum Montes are a large group of rugged mountains extending over almost 1000 km and bounding the southernmost rim of the Argyre impact basin.
They can be seen from Earth through larger telescope and were named by Eugène Michel Antoniadi (1870–1944) in his 1929 work La Planète Mars.