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 (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: 211-4654
Addition Date: 2000-11-22
Primary Data Set: MARINER71_PAGE
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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.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
2000-11-22