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The Vasistas Crater
The surface of the Red Planet is full of craters formed by the impact of numerous meteorites during the early years of the Solar System. The crater in this picture is 35 km wide and 2 km deep, enough to allow pockets of water ice to remain on the bottom without being transformed into water vapour and dispersing into space.
This image isproduced by the high resolution stereo camera (HRSC) on board the European probe, Mars Express; it will provide a perspective view of the ice that is present at the base of the Vasistas Crater.
Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)