Mars Global Surveyor Photographs South Polar Layered Deposits.

By Keith Cowing
November 22, 1999
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According to NASA JPL, “On December 3, 1999, the Mars Polar Lander will touch down on the upper surface of a thick accumulation of layered material known as the “South Polar Layered Deposits.” The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) has been providing stunning new pictures of the south polar layered deposits that, in conjunction with Mars Polar Lander observations, will eventually help answer many questions about this terrain.”

“The picture on the right shows one of the clearest and highest-resolution images of south polar layered
material ever obtained. Located at 73.0°S, 224.5°W, this picture covers an area approximately 550 km
(340 miles) northwest of where the Mars Polar Lander will touch down in December. This scene covers an area 1.5 km (0.9 mi) wide and 4.6 km (1.9 mi) long. The smallest objects that can be seen are about the sizes of automobiles. “

° Press release and photos at Malin Space Science Systems

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