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June 30, 1999 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-27

A Closer Encounter with Mars

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Image: Mars Image Centered Near Location of Pathfinder Landing Site

Mars Image Centered Near Location of Pathfinder Landing SiteSTScI-PRC1999-27a

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This image is centered near the location of the Pathfinder landing site. Dark sand dunes that surround the polar cap merge into a large, dark region called Acidalia. This area, as shown by images from the Hubble telescope and other spacecraft, is composed of dark, sand-sized grains of pulverized volcanic rock. Below and to the left of Acidalia are the massive Martian canyon systems of Valles Marineris, some of which form long linear markings that were once thought by some to be canals. Early morning clouds can be seen along the left limb of the planet, and a large cyclonic storm composed of water ice is churning near the polar cap.

Object Name: Mars

Image Type: Astronomical

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Montage Image: Mars at 54 Million Miles (87 Million Km) From Earth Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Mars at 54 Million Miles (87 Million Km) From EarthPRC1999-27 Mars' Tharsis Region, Home of the Solar System's Largest Volcanoes Image Type: Astronomical Mars' Tharsis Region, Home of the Solar System's Largest VolcanoesPRC1999-27b Mars' Volcanic Elysium Region Image Type: Astronomical Mars' Volcanic Elysium RegionPRC1999-27c Mars' Syrtis Major Region and Hellas Impact Crater Image Type: Astronomical Mars' Syrtis Major Region and Hellas Impact CraterPRC1999-27d

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