PIA05690: Winter Clouds Over Mie
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
 Spacecraft:  Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
 Instrument:  Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
 Product Size:  374 x 561 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-663
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA05690.tif (191 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA05690.jpg (21.74 kB)

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12 March 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) red wide angle image shows late winter clouds over the 104 km (~65 mi) diameter crater, Mie. Cellular clouds occur in the lower martian atmosphere, surrounding Mie Crater. Their cloudtops are at an altitude that is below the crater rim. Higher than the crater rim occurs a series of lee wave clouds, indicating air circulation moving from west/northwest (left) toward the east/southeast (right). Mie Crater is located in Utopia Planitia, not too far from the Viking 2 landing site, near 48.5°N, 220.4°W. Sunlight illuminates this January 2004 scene from the lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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