PIA00394: Magnetic Particles Are Found In The Martian Atmosphere


Magnetic Particles Are Found In The Martian Atmosphere

Caption:

The dark bullseye pattern seen at the top of Viking l's camera calibration chart indicates the presence of magnetic particles in the fine dust in the Martian atmosphere. A tiny magnet is mounted at that spot to catch wind-borne magnetic particles. The particles may have been tossed into the atmosphere surrounding the spacecraft at the time of landing and during the digging and delivery of the Mars soil sample by the surface sampler scoop. This picture was taken August 4.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars
System Mars
Target Type Planet
Mission Viking
Instrument Host Viking 1 Lander
Host Type Lander
Instrument Camera 2
Detector
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Dust, Grayscale, Magnetosphere
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-12-12
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00394
Identifier PIA00394