Mars sunset PIA01547



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Description Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Sunset on Mars, as imaged by en:Mars Pathfinder.

The Martian sky is brownish gray, but the area around the setting sun is blue. This is the exact opposite of en:Earth's sky.

The brownish gray sky as it would be seen by an observer on Mars in this four-frame, true color mosaic taken on sol 24 (at approximately 1610 LST). The twin peaks can be seen on the horizon. The sky near the sun is a pale blue color. Azimuth extent is 60° and elevation extent is approximately 12°degrees. A description of the techniques used to generate this color image from IMP data can be found in Maki et al., 1999 (see full reference in Image Note). Note: a calibrated output device is required accurately reproduce the correct colors.

Mars Pathfinder is the second in NASA's Discovery program of low-cost spacecraft with highly focused science goals. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, developed and manages the Mars Pathfinder mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is an operating division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The IMP was developed by the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory under contract to JPL. Peter Smith is the Principal investigator.

See also en::Image:Mars Pathfinder sunset.jpg


en:Category:Images of Mars
Date 2004-07-05 (original upload date)
Source Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here.
Author Original uploader was Curps at en.wikipedia
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Public domain This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA. NASA copyright policy states that "NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted". (See Template:PD-USGov, NASA copyright policy page or JPL Image Use Policy.)


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