Blockbuster 3D movies can be tremendously disappointing. But you know what's not disappointing at all? This video that lets you fly across a Martian chaos terrain, in 3D.

The brief flight comes to us courtesy of the ESA, who used footage from their Mars Express Orbiter to give us a taste of what it would be like to buzz the tops of the Hydraotes Chaos.


Chaos terrain was an excellent choice of landscape, in part because the mix of peak and mountains laid out seemingly at random is certainly a dramatic choice for an up-close flight. But it's also because, unlike many Martian landscapes that offer a slightly twisted version of something we might see on Earth, chaos terrains have no Earthly equivalent (with the notable exception, perhaps, of a slightly burned meringue) making this flight not only exciting, but uncommon.