European Space Agency Mars Express takes stunning picture of Mars ice sheet

The European Space Agency (ESA) has shared new photos of Mars by Mars Explorer,media reported. In the new photos we can see a large area of snow and ice covering the north pole of Mars, and around it is a red, dusty scene. The images are surprisingly clear and smooth, giving the illusion of looking at images captured with a 4K drone camera or DSLR.

European Space Agency Mars Express takes stunning picture of Mars ice sheet

According to ESA, the ice that covers the poles of Mars moves subtly over a year, causing changes in their overall composition and coverage. In summer, the Martian polar regions will have a water-covered landscape, and in the cold winter, as carbon dioxide begins to accumulate, the water ice becomes thinner.

European Space Agency Mars Express takes stunning picture of Mars ice sheet

Mars Express’s high-resolution stereoscopic camera (HRSC) captured this stunning image of the North Pole of Mars.

Because the clouds in the photo are very small, this means that you can see a large part of the ice and red landscape in the photo. The part of the photo that presents a spiral pattern is caused by the gravitational wind. ESA says gravity winds use gravity to move dry, cold air down to warmer areas.

ESA says these icy poles are particularly interesting on the red planet, and they will help reveal the climate of Mars and how it changes over time.