Fly over in this 3D video the landing zone of the Rosalind Franklin rover on Mars

Before the arrival of the Rosalind Franklin rover from ESA and Roscosmos in 2021, images from NASA's MRO orbiter have been used to produce 3D models of the Oxia Planum terrain on Mars, as you can see in the next video.

The area covers a large part of the landing ellipse 120 by 19 kilometers, with the crater eroded in the overpass towards the edge of the ellipse.

DTM

These Digital Terrain Models (DTM) have a resolution of about 25 centimeters per pixel and, in order to plan the rover's route through the site, it will make it easier for experts to understand the geography and geological features of the region.

He Rover Rosalind Franklin It will land on what scientists believe might have been an ancient ocean, near the limit where the highland canals of southern Mars connect with the soft northern lowlands.

Oxia Planum It is located on the border where many canals empty into the vast plains of the lowlands. The rover contains a set of instruments, which includes a drill, to examine the site for signs of biofirms. Determining if life ever existed on the Red Planet, or if it still exists today, is the basis of the ExoMars program.

The launch of the mission is planned within a year (the launch window is from July 26 to August 13, 2020) in a Russian Proton-M launcher, which will arrive on Mars in March 2021.

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