European Space Agency
Mars Express: VMC
October 28, 2020. New
VMC data have been released,
with coverage through June 30, 2020.
The Visual Monitoring
Camera (VMC) onboard the Mars Express
was originally intended as an engineering
camera to monitor the release of the Beagle-2
lander, but has subsequently been used for
outreach and scientific purposes. In 2016 it
was designated a science instrument. The
instrument records gray-scale images and color
images using a Bayer grid to provide
monitoring of large scale features on Mars,
such as clouds, dust, and surface ice cover.
The VMC science team lead is Agustin
Sanchez-Lavega, University of Basque Country
in Bilbao, Spain.
The primary source for VMC data is the
ESA Planetary Science Archive.
Through a cooperative agreement between ESA and NASA,
the PDS Geosciences Node is hosting a copy of the VMC
VMC Experiment Data Record (raw data)
VMC Reduced Data Record (calibrated data)
More information about VMC is on the
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