Mars - Viking 2 Orbiter

Wave clouds near the south pole of Mars

Viking 2 Orbiter image of wave clouds near the south pole of Mars. This complex pattern of clouds is caused by winds passing over the craters, suspended dust remains from the recent global dust storm (the second one seen). The image frame is 850 km across, and north is up. (Viking Orbiter 287B43)
Larger image: 273K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1977-06-07 T 00:06:12
Distance/Range (km): 26671.3
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -59.83/154.18
Orbit(s): 287

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: Clouds
Instrument: Visual Imaging Subsystem - Camera B
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 1056 x 1182, 7 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): 1.54 x 1.69
Filter: Red (6)
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 69.59
Phase Angle (deg): 37.79
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 34.77

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: VO_1056
NASA Image ID number: 287B43
Other Image ID number: 52336073
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 75-083A-01D
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): 75-083A-01a
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015