Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: North Polar Ice 02-03-2005

By SpaceRef Editor
February 3, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-991, 3 February 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image
illustrates very well the detailed, pitted nature of the
north polar residual ice cap.
As water ice sublimes away a little bit each summer,
dark-floored pits have formed, trapping dust and other

Location near: 85.1°N, 284.6°W

200 m scale bar = ~219 yards

Illumination from: lower left

Season: Northern Summer

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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