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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Color Viking view of Gale crater and environs

Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, NASA Mars missions before 1996, Mars

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Color Viking view of Gale crater and environs Viking Orbiter images still provide some of the best color views we have of Mars. This view shows Gale crater and adjacent regions of Mars, including a large stretch of the "dichotomy boundary," the scarp that separates Mars' southern highlands from its northern lowlands.

NASA / JPL / Doug Ellison

Original images f681a06, 10 and 12. Calibrated, map projected in ISIS3. Merged to RGB in Photoshop. The version above has had its color tweaked slightly to appear more "realistic." Here is a PNG version without that tweaking.

Original image data dated on or about April 29, 1978.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Doug Ellison


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