The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Global map of Mars from Mariner 9 data (1971)
Filed under pretty pictures, Mars, NASA Mars missions before 1996
Mariner 9 was the first Mars orbiter. The more than 7,000 images it acquired provided the first detailed views of all of Mars, revealing that the planet had both ancient cratered terrain and more modern tectonized and eroded areas.
NASA / JPL / USGS / Phil Stooke
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Original image data dated on or about December 31, 1971
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