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Monday, May 2, 2011

Mars Global Surveyor MOC view of Martian Weather Patterns

Mars Global Surveyor MOC view of Martian Weather Patterns
Click on the image for full resolution (1.54 MB)

Twelve orbits a day provide the Mars Global Surveyor MOC wide angle cameras a global "snapshot" of weather patterns across the planet. Here, bluish-white water ice clouds hang above the Tharsis volcanoes. The center of this newly projected sphere is located at 15degrees North, 90 degrees West. This perspective rotates the south pole (which has no data coverage in the original map) away from our field of view.
Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission.
The full resolution image weighs 1.54 MB, so please be (a little) patient when downloading!
Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS

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