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The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) of Mars Express and its approach to science analysis and mapping for Mars and its satellites

Gwinner, Klaus and Jaumann, Ralf and Hauber, Ernst and Hoffmann, Harald and Heipke, Christian and Oberst, Jürgen and Neukum, Gerhard and Ansan, Veronique and Bostelmann, J. and Dumke, Alexander and Elgner, Stephan and Erkeling, G. and Fueten, Frank and Hiesinger, H. and Hoekzema, N. M. and Kersten, Elke and Loizeau, Damien and Matz, Klaus-Dieter and McGuire, Patrick and Mertens, Volker and Michael, G. and Pasewaldt, A. and Pinet, P. and Preusker, Frank and Reiss, Dennis and Roatsch, Thomas and Schmidt, Ralph and Scholten, Frank and Spiegel, M. and Stesky, R. and Tirsch, Daniela and van Gasselt, Stephan and Walter, Sebastian and Wählisch, Marita and Willner, Konrad (2016) The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) of Mars Express and its approach to science analysis and mapping for Mars and its satellites. Planetary and Space Science, 126, pp. 93-138. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2016.02.014. ISSN 0032-0633.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032063316000490


The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) of ESA׳s Mars Express is designed to map and investigate the topography of Mars. The camera, in particular its Super Resolution Channel (SRC), also obtains images of Phobos and Deimos on a regular basis. As HRSC is a push broom scanning instrument with nine CCD line detectors mounted in parallel, its unique feature is the ability to obtain along-track stereo images and four colors during a single orbital pass. The sub-pixel accuracy of 3D points derived from stereo analysis allows producing DTMs with grid size of up to 50 m and height accuracy on the order of one image ground pixel and better, as well as corresponding orthoimages. Such data products have been produced systematically for approximately 40% of the surface of Mars so far, while global shape models and a near-global orthoimage mosaic could be produced for Phobos. HRSC is also unique because it bridges between laser altimetry and topography data derived from other stereo imaging instruments, and provides geodetic reference data and geological context to a variety of non-stereo datasets. This paper, in addition to an overview of the status and evolution of the experiment, provides a review of relevant methods applied for 3D reconstruction and mapping, and respective achievements. We will also review the methodology of specific approaches to science analysis based on joint analysis of DTM and orthoimage information, or benefitting from high accuracy of co-registration between multiple datasets, such as studies using multi-temporal or multi-angular observations, from the fields of geomorphology, structural geology, compositional mapping, and atmospheric science. Related exemplary results from analysis of HRSC data will be discussed. After 10 years of operation, HRSC covered about 70% of the surface by panchromatic images at 10–20 m/pixel, and about 97% at better than 100 m/pixel. As the areas with contiguous coverage by stereo data are increasingly abundant, we also present original data related to the analysis of image blocks and address methodology aspects of newly established procedures for the generation of multi-orbit DTMs and image mosaics. The current results suggest that multi-orbit DTMs with grid spacing of 50 m can be feasible for large parts of the surface, as well as brightness-adjusted image mosaics with co-registration accuracy of adjacent strips on the order of one pixel, and at the highest image resolution available. These characteristics are demonstrated by regional multi-orbit data products covering the MC-11 (East) quadrangle of Mars, representing the first prototype of a new HRSC data product level.

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Document Type:Article
Title:The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) of Mars Express and its approach to science analysis and mapping for Mars and its satellites
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hauber, ErnstUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1375-304XUNSPECIFIED
Heipke, Christianleibnitz universität hannoverUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ansan, Veroniquelpgn, cnrs, université nantes, franceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bostelmann, J.institute of photogrammetry and geoinformation, leibniz universität hannover, germanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Erkeling, G.universität münster, institut für planetologie, wilhelm-klemm-straße 10, 48149 münster, germanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fueten, Frankdepartment of earth sciences, brock university, st. catharines, ontario, canadaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hiesinger, H.westfälische wilhelms-universität münsterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hoekzema, N. M.max-planck-institut für sonnensystemforschung, katlenburg-lindauUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kersten, ElkeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3818-5165UNSPECIFIED
Loizeau, Damienuniversité de lyon, franceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Matz, Klaus-DieterUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4148-1926UNSPECIFIED
McGuire, Patrickfreie universitaet berlinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mertens, VolkerUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9527-2612UNSPECIFIED
Michael, G.institute of geosciences, freie universität berlin, berlin , germanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pasewaldt, A.department of geodesy and geoinformation science, technische universität berlin, strasse des 17.juni 135, 10623 berlin,UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pinet, P.observatoire midi-pyrénées, toulouse, franceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Reiss, Dennisinstitut für planetologie, westfälische wilhelms‐universität münster, münster, germanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schmidt, Ralphleibnitz universität hannoverUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Spiegel, M.institute of geosciences, freie universität berlin, berlin , germanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stesky, R.pangaea scientific, brockville, ontario, canadaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tirsch, DanielaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5905-5426UNSPECIFIED
van Gasselt, Stephanfreie universität berlin, institut für geologische wissenschaftenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Walter, Sebastianfreie universität berlin, institut für geologische wissenschaftenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Willner, KonradUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5437-8477UNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 93-138
Keywords:Mars; Phobos; Planetary topography; Planetary mapping; Photogrammetry; Surface reconstruction; 3D data analysis
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt MARS-EXPRESS / HRSC (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Scholten, Dipl.-Ing. Frank
Deposited On:15 Dec 2016 10:33
Last Modified:03 Nov 2023 07:39

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