PIA03673: South Polar Terrain

South Polar Terrain


15 January 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layers exposed by erosion on a slope in the martian south polar region. Both polar caps on Mars are underlain by a complex stratigraphy of layered material; the Mars Polar Lander -- lost in December 1999 -- was designed to have provided some insight as to the nature and composition of the layers in the southern hemisphere.

Location near : 86.9°S, 180.5°W
Image width : ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from : upper left
Season : Southern 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 Lander
Instrument Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-01-15
Date in Caption 2006-01-15
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03673
Identifier PIA03673