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Mars Global Surveyor Shows Off Images from Extended Mission

Press Release From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2002

Like any good camera-wielding tourist, NASA's Mars Global Surveyor continues to shoot stunning pictures as it begins the second extension of its successful mission.

Some newly released images show a 3-D view of layers on the martian surface that may be ancient sedimentary rocks, while others show an unusual spiral-shaped cloud over the giant Arsia Mons volcano.

The images are available at:

  • Mars Global Surveyor: Arsia Mons Spiral Cloud
  • Mars Global Surveyor: Fresh Impact Crater and Rays in Tharsis
  • Mars Global Surveyor: MOC Extended Mission View of North Polar Layers
  • Mars Global Surveyor: Relay-16 Stereo View of Layer Outcrops in Iani Chaos
  • Mars Global Surveyor: Changes in South Polar Carbon Dioxide Ice Cap

    Launched Nov. 7, 1996, Global Surveyor entered the martian orbit on Sept. 12, 1997. The mission has studied the entire Martian surface, atmosphere, and interior, and has returned more data about the red planet than all other Mars missions combined.

    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. JPL's industrial partner is Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, which developed and operates the spacecraft. The Mars Orbiter Camera is operated by Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, Calif.

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