India's Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan has sent home stunning three-dimensional images of a 5000-km long canyon on the red planet, on the occasion of Independence Day.
The 3-D images captured with the Mars Colour Camera from a height of nearly 2,000 km are of Valles Marineris, which is the largest-known canyon complex in the solar system.The package includes pictures of the Opir Chasma, a valley 62 km wide and bordered by high cliffs.
Mangalyaan cost Rs. 450 crores, and can last for years in the Martian orbit with the 39 kilograms of fuel that it still has in its fuel tanks.
ISRO plans to develop and launch a follow-up mission called Mangalyaan 2 with a greater scientific payload to Mars between 2018 and 2020.
( All pictures courtesy Isro)