The Red Planet Mars - 3
Color Photograph of Mars in 1969
This color photograph of Mars was taken with Kodak Kodachrome-X
35mm film with an ASA
of 100 with a Miranda 35mm camera with the large McDonald Observatory's 82-inch telescope,
near Ft. Davis, Texas, by Charles F. Capen, Jr. The 0.2 second exposure was taken at f/23 with
any filter at 0702 UUT on May 29, 1969.
The very dark spot on the left edge is Syrtis Major, while the tan area to the lower right is the Mare
Acidalium. The Solis Lacus is the dark area in the upper right center. Over Mare Acidalium appears
an area of clouds, as well as on the upper right edge.
Table Mountain Observatory, operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is located just west of the
town of Wrightwood, California at an elevation of 7500 feet.
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