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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Polar Band

Status Report From: NASAJPL/MSSS
Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1568, 28 August 2006

Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layers exposed in a trough in the martian north polar region. At the time the picture was acquired, the entire scene was covered by seasonal carbon dioxide frost. By late spring and into summer, these layers would appear darker, once the carbon dioxide frost sublimes away.
Location near: 84.9°N, 263.3°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Spring

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Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, California. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, California and Denver, Colorado.

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