PIA02348: Latest Color View of Polar Landing Site
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Spacecraft: Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
Instrument: Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Product Size: 424 x 1346 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
Producer ID: MOC2-193
MRPS95740
P50675
Addition Date: 2000-05-12
Primary Data Set: MGS EDRs
Full-Res TIFF: PIA02348.tif (1.443 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA02348.jpg (59.6 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

On December 3rd, Mars Polar Lander and the Deep Space 2 Microprobes (Scott and Amundsen) will land somewhere in the picture shown here. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) wide angle camera view of the polar landing ellipse was taken on November 28, 1999. Dark patches within the ellipse are sand and small fields of windblown sand dunes. The bright patches toward the top of the image are frost. It is late spring in this portion of the martian south polar region, and much of the winter frost has finally sublimed away. The ellipse center is located at 76S 195W. In this view, nor this toward the bottom and sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower right. The image covers an area approximately 105 km (65 miles) wide by 335 km (210 miles) long.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/MSSS

Image Addition Date:
2000-05-12