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Post  Admin on Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:37 am

Martian Clouds Above Phoenix

The Surface Stereo Imager onboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander observed clouds drifting across the horizon in the early morning on the 119th sol, or Martian day, since landing (September 25, 2008). Clouds were observed each night after Sol 80 (August 15, 2008) as the atmospheric temperature decreased.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University Arizona/Texas A&M University

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Clouds Move Across Mars Horizon

This sequence combines 32 images of clouds moving eastward across a Martian horizon. The Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander took this set of images on Sept. 18, 2008, during early afternoon hours of the 113th Martian day of the mission.

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Watch the clouds of Mars fly by

Clouds scoot across the Martian sky in a movie clip consisting of 10 frames taken by the Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. This clip accelerates the motion. The camera took these 10 frames over a 10-minute period. Particles of water ice make up these clouds, like ice-crystal cirrus clouds on Earth.

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Nighttime Clouds in Martian Arctic (Accelerated Movie)

An angry looking sky is captured in a movie clip consisting of 10 frames taken by the Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. The clip accelerates the motion. The images were take around 3 a.m. local solar time at the Phoenix site during Sol 95 (Aug. 30), the 95th Martian day since landing.

The swirling clouds may be moving generally in a westward direction over the lander.

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Mars Pathfinder lander image of clouds on sol 15

True color image of pre-dawn clouds in the eastern sky

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Stunning Video of Clouds on Mars - Color-enhanced

Colorful Water Clouds Over Mars

Viking Orbiter 1, which visited Mars in 1976, took the above picture.

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Opportunity :: Navigation Camera :: Sol 950

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Watching Martian Clouds Go By

Date: 24 Mar 2008 - Opportunity turned its rover eyes skyward to observe clouds drifting overhead that look like cirrus clouds on Earth -- featherlike formations composed mostly of ice crystals.

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Clouds and Sand on the Horizon of Mars - Opportunity rover

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Opportunity :: Navigation Camera :: Sol 269

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Clouds Roll in for Martian Winter

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Using its left navigation camera, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity sought to capture some clouds on its 153rd sol on Mars (June 28, 2004). The presence of morning clouds in the area of Endurance Crater was established by spacecraft orbiting Mars. Mars has three kinds of clouds: dust clouds low in the atmosphere; water clouds near the surface up to heights of 20 kilometers (about 12 miles); and carbon dioxide clouds at very high altitudes.

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