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Mars colour photograph, 1956

Mars colour photograph, 1956

C045/6048

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4180 x 4180 pixels

35.3 x 35.3 cm ⏐ 13.9 x 13.9 in (300dpi)

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NASA / VRS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / VRS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Just a week before a dust storm covered the Martian south pole, this colour photograph was taken by Dr. Robert Leighton with the 60 inch reflector at the Mt. Wilson, California, USA, on August 24th 1956. Earth was in opposition, meaning it was between the Sun and Mars. The dark features in the centre were called Mare Cimmerium and Mare Sirenum, the brighter area below Cebrenia. The names were confirmed by the International Astronomical Union in 1958. New names were given when the spacecrafts transmitted pictures of a cratered world.

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