Elongated Cloud Has Reappeared on Mars

Like clockwork, a strange cloud has returned high above the Martian surface.

This long, thin cloud was spotted on July 17 and 19 by the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) attached to Mars Express, a satellite that's been in orbit around Mars since 2004. These images were made possible owing to Mars Express's elliptical orbit and the VMC's wide field view, as noted in a European Space Agency press release.

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