PIA04161: South Polar Layers

South Polar Layers


19 August 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layered material exposed by erosion in the south polar region of Mars. At the time the image was acquired, the surface was covered with seasonal carbon dioxide frost. Dark spots and streaks indicate areas where the annual springtime defrosting process was underway.

Location near : 82.7°S, 112.1°W
Image width : width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from : upper left
Season : Southern Spring

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 Atmosphere, Grayscale, Storm
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2005-08-19
Date in Caption 2005-08-19
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04161
Identifier PIA04161