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Originally posted by BASSPLYR
have since replaced it with the hypersaturated moon photo, which is also stunning.
If the Martian atmosphere were to be completely cleansed of dust, the daytime sky would appear blue, just as our own sky, because of Rayleigh scattering by the molecules (primarily carbon dioxide molecules) which make up the atmosphere. Pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope in the early 1990s suggested that the Martian atmosphere had much less dust loading than in the Viking years. So perhaps the Martian sky was closer to blue than in the Viking years(or perhaps the Hubble Space Telescope was inaccurate on this matter until repairs were completed in February 1997). However, Mars Pathfinder pictures in 1997 showed essentially the same sky color and dust loading as the Viking landers in 1976.
Originally posted by beerbaron105
so why were old pictures so red?
cycles of more dust in the atmosphere, poor quality photos,
nasa covering up a more earth-like mars?