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Mars Express VMC: An ordinary camera in an extraordinary place!

Status Report From: ESA Mars Express Mission
Posted: Friday, August 22, 2008

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The Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) is mounted on Mars Express, ESA's deep-space probe now orbiting the Red Planet. It originally provided simple, low-tech images of Beagle lander separation, and is now back in action as the 'Mars Webcam'.

It's not a scientific instrument, but it does provide fantastic views of Mars - including crescent views of the planet not obtainable from Earth.

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