Four Views of Mars in Northern Summer

This relatively featureless sector of Mars stretches from the Elysium volcanic region in the west to the Tharsis volcanoes (shrouded by the bright clouds near the afternoon limb) in the east.

The group of three dark specks just left of center are all that remain of Cerberus, a very prominent dark region during the Viking and Mariner 9missions. This is an example of the remarkable large scale changes which can occur on Mars due to windblown dust: the former dark area has now been covered by a layer of bright dust, masking the underlying material.

Credit:

Phil James (Univ. Toledo), Todd Clancy (Space Science Inst., Boulder, CO), Steve Lee (Univ. Colorado), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9715c3
Type:Observation
Release date:20 May 1997, 19:00
Size:400 x 400 px

About the Object

Name:Mars
Type:• Solar System : Planet
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

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Optical
B
410 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
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502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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