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Mars Webcam image of the Red Planet

This is the first image of Mars to be acquired by the VMC camera on board Mars Express since the spacecraft was recovered from a major system fault in autumn 2011. This test image was acquired on 6 May 2012 at 00:45:28 UT. The VMC is now being recommissioned and tested, and is expected to be back in routine service by mid-2012. Full update via blogs.esa.int/vmc/2012/05/21/return-of-the-mars-webcam/

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Taken on May 15, 2012