Mariner 9 Television Reconnaissance of Mars and Its Satellites: Preliminary Results

  title={Mariner 9 Television Reconnaissance of Mars and Its Satellites: Preliminary Results},
  author={H. Masursky and R. M. Batson and J. Mccauley and L. Soderblom and R. Wildey and M. Carr and D. J. Milton and D. E. Wilhelms and B. Smith and T. B. Kirby and J. C. Robinson and C. Leovy and G. Briggs and T. Duxbury and C. Acton and B. Murray and J. Cutts and R. Sharp and S. Smith and R. B. Leighton and C. Sagan and J. Veverka and M. Noland and J. Lederberg and E. Levinthal and J. Pollack and J. Moore and W. Hartmann and E. N. Shipley and G. de Vaucouleurs and M. Davies},
  pages={294 - 305}
  • H. Masursky, R. M. Batson, +28 authors M. Davies
  • Published 1972
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • At orbit insertion on 14 November 1971 the Martian surface was largely obscured by a dust haze with an extinction optical depth that ranged from near unity in the south polar region to probably greater than 2 over most of the planet. The only features clearly visible were the south polar cap, one dark, spot in Nix Olympica, and three dark spots in the Tharsis region. During the third week the atmosphere began to clear and surface visibility improved, but contrasts remained a fraction of their… CONTINUE READING
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