The Red Album
Mars’ foremost photographers pick their favorite images of their favorite planet.
- By airspacemag.com
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 18, 2008
NASA / JPL/ Malin Space Science Systems
This mosaic of wide angle images from the Mars Observer Camera (MOC) on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft was taken on May 24, 2002. The picture shows the planet's north pole in springtime, with dust storms visible near the edge of the polar cap. The heat differential between this cold ice cap and the warmer rocks to the south create winds that kick up dust storms each northern spring.