Europe’s ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module, Schiaparelli, will land on a relatively smooth, flat part of Meridiani Planum, just northwest of Endeavour Crater, on 19 October. In this topographic image, red and white represent higher ground, blue and purple, lower lying areas; Endeavour is the central crater picked out in green. Schiaparelli, carried to Mars on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, will demonstrate that ESA and European industries can perform a controlled landing on Mars. This image is based on four images taken with the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft. It covers a region between 352.5° and 356.5°E and 4.5°S and 0.5°N.
This image is published in the October 2016 issue of Astronomy & Geophysics.