Mars, Three-color Composite

Exposures taken through separate red, green, and blue filters and used to create a colour image of Mars (lower right). The red filter shows the best surface detail. Because Mars' atmosphere scatters blue light (much like as on Earth) martian surface detail is obscured in the blue filter exposure. The blue filter exposure does allow for clouds to be easily seen. A polar hood of clouds over Mars' north pole is evident, and a thin sheet of morning clouds is evident on the western limb (bottom).

Credit:

P. James / University of Toledo

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9111a
Type:Observation
Release date:30 May 1991, 06:00
Size:3505 x 2525 px

About the Object

Name:Mars
Type:• Solar System : Planet
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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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