Computer animation shows how Mars could look

A computer-animated video created by a Berlin university shows what the terrain could look like in the so-called “Atlantis Chaos” region of the planet Mars.

(ESA/DLR/FU BERLIN) – A German university has created a computer-animated video showing a simulated flight over a regions of Mars.

Using data gathered from a High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express aircraft which is operated by the German Aerospae Center (DLR), scientists at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin were able to piece together and create a computer-animated video showing how the ground could look in a specific area on Mars.

The video – put together by the Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing group at the Freie Universitaet – shows the terrain in the southern highlands of the planet – a rugged and complex landscape across roughly 200 kilometres known as “Atlantis Chaos.”

According to a press release from the university, the area “likely owes its existence to an asteroid impact that took place in the early history of Mars.”