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Mars Express: two new tools for exploring the Mars surface iMars webGIS and PSUP

on 02 October 2017

ESA's Mars Express mission, launched in 2003, has been sending back high-quality data ever since its arrival at Mars. Understanding the wealth of data is key for appraisals of future landing sites, among others. To this end, two new tools for exploring the surface of the Red Planet have been developed: the iMars webGIS and the Planetary SUrface Portal (PSUP).

The Planetary Surface Portal (PSUP) is an important legacy of ESA's Mars Express mission. The web portal allows scientists to browse, process, download, distribute, merge, and visualise high-level data mainly related to the Martian surface from Mars Express, and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and 2001 Mars Odyssey missions.

The iMars web-based geographic information system, or iMars webGIS, is an expert tool for detecting and visualising changes on Mars' surface over time. It brings together space-based imaging and high-precision 3D data of Mars from Mars Express' High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), which can be displayed alongside a vast quantity of additional datasets and images from other Mars missions.

The iMars webGIS can be accessed here or here. Also, a video tutorial on how to use the system is made available by the iMars team.

The Planetary SUrface Portal (PSUP) can be accessed here.

More information about the Mars Express mission can be accessed on the dedicated page, here.

Image credit: ESA