PIA03666: North Polar Layers

North Polar Layers


13 January 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a slope on which layered materials are exposed by erosion in the north polar region of Mars. Wind streaks are also evident in this summertime scene. The layers that make up the material beneath the ice of the north polar residual cap are typically considered to be a mixture of some amount of dust and ice, but the proportions of these constituents are not known.

Location near : 82.6°N, 298.1°W
Image width : ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from : lower left
Season : Northern Summer

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars
System Mars
Target Type Planet
Mission Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Instrument Host Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Extra Keywords Dust, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-01-13
Date in Caption 2006-01-13
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03666
Identifier PIA03666