PIA05820: Early Autumn Dust Storm
 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:  672 x 2018 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-709
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA05820.tif (1.297 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA05820.jpg (107.2 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

27 April 2004
Sporadic, localized dust storms are common at high southern latitudes in early autumn. The most recent autumn for the southern hemisphere began on 5 March 2004. This late March 2004 narrow angle camera image was acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) as it passed over a crater in southern Noachis Terra near 59.6S, 2.7W. The northern portion of the image is clear enough that details such as large boulders or small knobs can be seen. The rest of the image, however, shows billowy clouds of dust being raised from the surface. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-04-27