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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 spacecraft 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 data archive.

More information about VMC is on the ESA web site.

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