Mars mission: UAE probe sends first image of Red Planet to the National Space Agency

The image was captured by Hope’s EXI instrument from an altitude of 24,700 km (15,350 miles) above the Martian surface at 20:36pm GMT on Wednesday.

This means it was taken one day after arriving at the Red Planet.

The north pole of Mars is in the upper left of the image.

At the centre, just emerging into the early morning sunlight, is Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the Solar System.

To the right of this boundary is the difference between night and day, the so-called terminator.

The three shield volcanoes in a line are Ascraeus Mons, Pavonis Mons, and Arsia Mons.

If you look east, to the limb of the planet, you can see the mighty canyon system, Valles Marineris which is partlu covered by cloud.


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