Mars: Images of an Ice Crater on the Red Planet


The North Pole of the Earth is famous for the ice and snow of its landscapes.

But, as these images reveal, the Earth is not the only planet with sights ice creams.

This is him Korolev Crater, near the north pole of Mars, photographed by the Mars Express mission of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The crater is 82 km wide and a 1.8-km-thick ice is full.

It is named in honor of the engineer and designer of spacecraft Sergei Korolev, the architect of the space program of the Soviet Union.

Korolev worked on the first interplanetary missions of the Moon, Mars and Venus and the Sputnik program, which launched the world's first artificial satellite.

The crater is seen in photographs made up of images taken by Mars Express's high resolution camera.

The Mars Express mission is the first incursion of the European Space Agency on another planet. It was released on June 2, 2003 and entered the orbit of Mars on Christmas Day that same year.


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