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Mars Color Imager

Mars Color Imager (MARCI) for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
The Mars Color Imager (MARCI), shown here with a gloved hand for scale, is designed to produce a global map to help characterize daily, seasonal and year-to-year variations in Mars' climate, providing a daily weather report for Mars.

MARCI (Mars Color Imager) produces a global weather map of Mars to help characterize daily, seasonal, and year-to-year variations in the red planet's climate.

MARCI also observes processes such as dust storms and changes in the polar cap using five visible bands.

In addition, MARCI makes ultraviolet observations at two wavelengths to detect variations in ozone, dust, and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. MARCI observes these processes on scales of tens of kilometers.

The Principal Investigator (lead scientist) is Mike Malin from Malin Space Science Systems.