Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: South Polar Layers 11-18-2003

By SpaceRef Editor
November 18, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-548, 18 November 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

The south polar region of Mars exhibits thick exposures of
layered sediment.
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
picture shows an example of layers exposed on a slope.
The image was obtained during southern summer in
early November 2003. Sunlight
illuminates the layers from the upper left; the lowest layers
are at the top of the image; the slope goes up-hill toward
the bottom. This area is located near
86.0°S, 182.4°W, and covers an area approximately 3 km
(1.9 mi) wide.

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.

SpaceRef staff editor.