1995 observations of Martian dust storms using the Hubble Space Telescope

Michael J. Wolff, Steven W. Lee, R. Todd Clancy, Leonard J. Martin, James F. Bell, Philip B. James

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A synoptic monitoring program of Mars using the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the Hubble Space Telescope has resulted in the observation of discrete dust activity for two dates following the 1995 opposition. Data obtained on April 8 (LS = 82°) and August 21, 1995 (LS = 145°) reveal the presence of local dust storms in the northern polar region. In addition, the August images show activity over the Hellas basin. We present a multispectral analysis of the data from which we derive lower bounds to the atmospheric dust loading. Our technique directly models the absolute photometry, and consequently also provides estimates of the cloud opacity and the ozone columns for the regions analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number96JE03417
Pages (from-to)1679-1692
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Planets
Issue numberE1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Oceanography
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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