Viking 1 view of Mars' southern hemisphere from Olympus Mons to the pole
Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Mars, NASA Mars missions before 1996
Taken on October 14, 1979, a strip of Viking Orbiter 1 images covers Mars from the great Olympus Mons, near the equator, across the pits and fissures of Noctis Labyrinthus and Claritas Fossae, down to the cloudy southern pole. The original data consisted of red- and violet-filter images; a green channel was synthesized from these to fill out the color.
NASA / JPL / color composite by Daniel Macháček
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Original image data dated on or about October 14, 1979