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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Viking 1 observes a dust storm and Phobos' shadow

Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, NASA Mars missions before 1996, Mars, many worlds, Phobos, animation

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On September 28, 1977, Viking Orbiter 1 observed a dust storm over the site where it had dropped its lander, a little more than a year previously. As Viking 1 orbiter watched, the shadow of Mars' inner moon Phobos passed over the cloud tops. The sequence of images has been artificially colorized and is displayed at a speed ten times that of real time. (Viking images f467a31–f467a69)

Original image data dated on or about September 28, 1977.

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

 

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