From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2001
New pictures of the south polar cap on Mars and a global view of the dust storm occurring there have been released by the imaging team for NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.
Marking the four-year anniversary of its arrival at Mars, Global Surveyor's camera took a wide-angle view of the Martian south polar region on Sept. 12, 2001.
Several dramatic dust storms that began a few months ago are also seen in the image. One is located near the Martian equator, and the other is shown northwest of the Ascraeus Mons volcano.
Springtime on the Martian South Polar Cap
This view of the martian south polar region was acquired on September 12, 2001, four years to the day after MGS first began to orbit the Red Planet.
Snapshot of Southern Spring Dust Storm Activity
Southern spring on Mars began with a "bang" in late June 2001 with a series of large dust storms.
The images are also available at these Web sites:
Mars Global Surveyor is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The camera system is operated by Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, Calif.
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