Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: South Polar Mesas 13-13-2003

By SpaceRef Editor
December 13, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-573, 13 December 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows mesas—the eroded remnants of a former layer
or group of layers—in the south polar region of Mars. The
circular feature at the top of the image is an old meteor
impact crater that has been somewhat covered by younger
materials; a remnant of the layer that comprises the mesas
is also found on the floor of this crater. The image is
located near 79.3°S, 299.0°W, and
covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates
this scene from the upper left.

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.