Mars Express videos the red planet from orbit

Here's something for those tired of looking at rock-and-dust photos of Mars: an entrancing video clip of the planet spinning taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express. ESA's Mars Express mission is comprised of a lander called Beagle 2 and an orbiter, which was responsible for the video embedded below the fold. The orbiter used its Visual Monitoring Camera on May 25th and 26th, 2015 to record from an orbit close enough to make some of the planet's surface features visible. While it's great that we now know what Mars looks like from up close, we appreciate a dreamy full-orbital movie like this, as well.

[Image credit: NASA/JPL/Corby Waste]