Dust Storms on Mars

Two Hubble Space Telescope images of Mars, taken about a month apart on September 18 and October 15, 1996, reveal a state-sized dust storm churning near the edge of the Martian north polar cap.

Mars is famous for large, planet-wide dust storms. Smaller storms resembling the one seen here were observed in other regions by Viking orbiters in the late 1970s.


Phil James (University of Toledo), Steve Lee (University of Colorado) and NASA/ESA

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Release date:1 November 1996, 06:00
Size:650 x 775 px

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Type:Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere : Storm
Category:Solar System

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