Europe's newest deep-space tracking station has received its first interplanetary message: a photo of a half-lit Mars as seen by an orbiting spacecraft.Full story
The High-Resolution Stereo Camera on board ESA's Mars Express has returned images of Echus Chasma, one of the largest water source regions on the Red Planet. REUTERS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/G.Neukum/Handout
A half-lit Mars shines in this photo from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, taken on Dec. 15 and transmitted to the ESA's tracking station in Argentina on Dec. 18. The spacecraft was more than 6,000 miles away from Mars at the time.
A perspective view from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter shows the "Face on Mars" in the Red Planet's Cydonia region.