PIA00152: North Polar Cap Margin (natural color (top) and enhanced color (bottom))
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Viking
Spacecraft: Viking Orbiter 2
Instrument: Visual Imaging Subsystem - Camera A
Product Size: 2048 x 1700 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: U.S. Geological Survey
Addition Date: 1998-06-04
Primary Data Set: Viking EDRs
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Original Caption Released with Image:

Water ice mixed with dust form the residual north polar ice cap (brown color). Seasonal frost of relatively pure ice (white color) partly blankets the polar deposits. A large trough, which is occupied by linear sand dunes (dark band), exposes polar layered deposits. The layered deposits hold a partial record of the history of atmospheric activity and climate of Mars. Center of picture is at latitude 82 degrees N., longitude 84 degrees W. Viking Orbiter Picture Numbers 82B11-12 (violet), 82B15-16 (green), and 82B17-18 (red) at 53 m/pixel resolution. Picture width is 106 km. North is 6 degrees counter-clockwise from top.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/USGS

Image Addition Date:
1998-06-04