Four Views of Mars in Northern Summer
The dark Syrtis Major region dominates this image. Syrtis Major is one of the most prominent dark features on Mars, and has been visible since ground-based observers first peered at Mars through telescopes.
The bright cloud at 3 o'clock is associated with Elysium Mons. The bright bluish-white feature near the southern limb of the planet is Hellas, a 1, 200 mile (2, 000 km)diameter impact basin formed by the collision of a large body with Mars long ago. Hellas is covered with dry ice frost and clouds during this season (winter in the south).
About the Image
|Release date:||20 May 1997, 19:00|
|Size:||400 x 400 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Solar System : Planet|
• Solar System Images/Videos
Colours & filters
|410 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|502 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|673 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|