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This photomosaic globe of Mars was produced at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory using photographs from the Mariner 9 spacecraft that imaged the red planet from orbit from 14 November 1971 to 27 October 1972. This globe represents not only the first photomosaic globe of Mars ever made, but the first such photomosaic made of any planetary body.

Over 1500 photos were used to produce the original. Each image had to be computer processed to produce consistent shading and to give it the proper geometry for its placement on the globe, and then cut by hand so it could be mosaicked with other overlapping images without interfering with important surface features. The finished globe was then sprayed with a clear protective coating.

The original globe was rephotographed in 452 rectangual segments so that copies could be made of the globe through a simple and straightforward process. The globes were completed in September 1973.

Display Status

This object is on display in Kenneth C. Griffin Exploring the Planets Gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Kenneth C. Griffin Exploring the Planets Gallery
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type LITERATURE AND RESEARCH-Photos & Prints Manufacturer NASA - Headquarters, Research Program Management Dimensions 3-D: 141.6 × 120.6cm (4 ft. 7 3/4 in. × 3 ft. 11 1/2 in.)
Materials Silver-gelatine print
paper
plaster
aluminum
Inventory Number A20130178000 Credit Line Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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