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ESA releases a fantastic fly over video of Korolev crater covered in a thick layer of ice



Take a trip to Mars! ESA releases a fantastic flyover video of the Korolev crater, which is 51 miles over and covered by a thick ice layer

  • Mars is home to the Korolev crater, which is a frozen depression in the north
  • The depression is about 51 miles across and more than a mile deep
  • ESA released a fantastic video of a detailed fly over the frozen crater

It may be years or even decades before people go on Mars, but now you can take a trip to the Red Planet without leaving your home.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has created a fantastic video showing a detailed flight over the frozen crater Korolev.

Located in the northern lowlands, the depression is 51 miles across, more than a mile deep and is coated in a layer of thick water ice.

The visualization begins with a shot of Mars and then skates around Korolev for a spectacular view of the frozen cave.

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It may be years or even decades before people go on Mars, but now you can take a trip to the Red Planet without leaving your home.  The European Space Agency (ESA) has created a fantastic video showing a detailed flight over the frozen crater, Korole

It may be years or even decades before people go on Mars, but now you can take a trip to the Red Planet without leaving your home. The European Space Agency (ESA) has created a fantastic video showing a detailed flight over the frozen crater, Korole

“This film was created with a single mosaic of observations using a single path from High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on Mars Express, first released in December 2018,” ESA shared in a statement.

“The mosaic combines data from HRSC nadir and color channels; the nadir channel is perpendicular to the surface of Mars, as if looking straight down at the surface.”

Just south of a large patch of dune-filled terrain that encloses part of the planet’s northern polar cap (known as Olympia Undae), ESA says it is “a particularly well-preserved example of a Martian crater.”

It is not filled with snow but ice, with its center hosting an ice pile that is about 5,000 feet thick all year round.

It starts with a snapshot of Mars circling in the dark abyss that is space and then we see a white spot in the dust planet, which is Korolev crater

It starts with a snapshot of Mars circling in the dark abyss that is space and then we see a white spot in the dust planet, which is Korolev crater

Located in the northern lowlands, the depression is 51 miles across, more than a mile deep and is coated in a layer of thick water ice.  The visualization begins with a shot of Mars and then skates around Korolev for a spectacular view of the frozen cave.

Located in the northern lowlands, the depression is 51 miles across, more than a mile deep and is coated in a layer of thick water ice. The visualization begins with a shot of Mars and then skates around Korolev for a spectacular view of the frozen cave.

The very deepest parts of the Korolev crater, those containing ice, function as a natural cold trap: the air moving over the ice deposit cools and falls, creating a layer of cold air that sits directly above the ice itself.

By acting as a shield, this layer helps the ice to remain stable and prevents it from heating up and disappearing.

Air is a poor conductor of heat, which exacerbates this effect and keeps the Korolev crater permanently icy.

Just south of a large patch of dune-filled terrain that encloses part of the planet's northern polar cap (known as Olympia Undae), ESA says it is

Just south of a large patch of dune-filled terrain that encloses part of the planet’s northern polar cap (known as Olympia Undae), ESA says it is “a particularly well-preserved example of a Martian crater.

The crater is named after chief rocket engineer and space ship architect Sergei Korolev, called Soviet space technology's father

The crater is named after chief rocket engineer and space ship architect Sergei Korolev, called Soviet space technology’s father

The video begins with a snapshot of Mars circling in the dark abyss that is space and then we see a white spot in the dust planet, which is Korolev crater.

The film delves deeper and takes us around the cave to capture every inch of the spectacular view.

The crater is named after the chief rocket engineer and the spacecraft architect Sergei Korolev, called Soviet space technology.

Korolev worked on a number of well-known missions including the Sputnik program – the first artificial satellites ever sent into orbit around the earth, in 1957 and years after, the Vostok and Vokshod programs for the exploration of human space (Vostok is the first human ship ever, Yuri Gagarin, out in space 1961) and the first interplanetary missions to the moon, Mars and Venus.

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