This image, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, shows a part of the southern highlands of Mars, called Promethei Terra.
It was taken during orbit 368 on 5 May 2004 with a ground resolution of approximately 14 metres per pixel. The displayed region is centred around longitude 118° East and latitude 42° South.
It shows an area in the Promethei Terra region, east of the Hellas Planitia impact basin. The smooth surface is caused by a layer of dust or volcanic ash that is up to several tens of metres thick.
The large impact crater in the southern part of the image is 32 kilometres wide and up to 1200 metres deep.