Global imaging of Mars by Hubble space telescope during the 1995 opposition

P. B. James, J. F.III Bell, R. T. Clancy, S. W. Lee, L. J. Martin, M. J. Wolff

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Abstract

Hubble space telescope (HST) imaging of Mars near the 1995 opposition resulted in excellent synoptic-scale images of the planet during the spring season in the northern hemisphere. The images reveal bright, discrete clouds associated with topographic features superimposed on a zonal band of condensate clouds between latitudes -10° and 30°; the maximum violet optical depth of the cloud band is about 0.3. A large, dark albedo feature in the Cerberus region, observed for many years by ground-based observers, has almost disappeared in the 1995 HST images. Other aspects of Mars, such as the north polar cap, appear much as they did during previous oppositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18883-18890
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of geophysical research
Volume101 E8
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Geophysics
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  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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    James, P. B., Bell, J. F. III., Clancy, R. T., Lee, S. W., Martin, L. J., & Wolff, M. J. (1996). Global imaging of Mars by Hubble space telescope during the 1995 opposition. Journal of geophysical research, 101 E8, 18883-18890.