PIA02998: Mariner 9 views Canyon System emerging from Martian Dust Storm
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mariner Mars 1971 (Mariner 9) 
 Spacecraft:  Mariner 9
 Product Size:  7278 x 3159 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Producer ID:  211-4654
 Addition Date:  2000-11-22
 Primary Data Set:  MARINER71_PAGE
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA02998.tif (16.73 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA02998.jpg (2.845 MB)

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View of canyon system emerging from the Martian dust storm.

Mariner 9 was the first spacecraft to orbit another planet. The spacecraft was designed to continue the atmospheric studies begun by Mariners 6 and 7, and to map over 70% of the Martian surface from the lowest altitude (1500 kilometers [900 miles]) and at the highest resolutions (1 kilometer per pixel to 100 meters per pixel) of any previous Mars mission.

Mariner 9 was launched on May 30, 1971 and arrived on November 14, 1971.

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