Phoenix Weathers Dust Storm
October 15, 2008
This is an image of Mars taken from orbit by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Mars Color Imager (MARCI). The Red Planet's polar ice-cap is in the middle of the image. Captured in this image is a 37,000 square-kilometer (almost 23,000 miles) dust storm that moved counter-clockwise through the Phoenix landing site on Oct 11, 2008, or Sol 135 of the mission. Viewing this image as if it were the face of a clock, Phoenix is a shown as a small white dot, located at about 10 AM. The storm, which had already passed over the landing site earlier in the day, is located at about 9:30 AM.
Topics: Environment, Mare Boreum quadrangle, Mars, Phoenix, Disaster Accident, Mars Climate Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Malin Space Science Systems, Orbiter, Unmanned spacecraft