The Ophir Chasma is 8 times deeper than the Grand Canyon

India’s Mars orbiter has sent home beautiful high-res, 3D images of the surface of Mars, and they make you feel like you’re flying right above the Red Planet. The photographs focus on the Ophir Chasma, a giant canyon on Mars that’s 62 km (38.5 miles) wide and 317 km (197 miles) long. In places, the canyon is 8 to 10 km (4.9 to 6.3 miles) deep – roughly eight times deeper than the North America’s Grand Canyon.

Ophir Chasma is part of Mars’s famous rift system, Valles Marineris. Appearing like a giant scar across the equator of Mars, Valles Marineris is one of the Solar System’s largest canyons, and although we’ve always seen it from afar in satellite and orbiter images, humans have never had the chance to see it like this before.

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