PIA02394: The Frosty Rims of Lomonosov Crater in Winter
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: 528 x 655 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
Producer ID: MOC2-226
Addition Date: 2000-04-29
Primary Data Set: MGS EDRs
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It is still winter in the northern hemisphere of Mars. On April 20, 2000, the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) onboard Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) captured this view of a chilly Lomonosov Crater. The rims of the crater appear white because they are covered with wintertime frost. A dark patch just right of center on the crater floor is a sand dune field. Both low-lying ground fogs(fuzzy, patchy areas around the lower perimeter of the crater) and higher cloud layers (fuzzy white arcs seen within the crater and towards the upper right) obscure much of the surface. The sun, only 12 above the horizon, bathes the scene in a reddish-brown hue. Lomonosov Crater is about 150 km (93 mi) across and located on the martian northern plains at 64.8 N, 8.8 W. The crater is named for the 18th Century Russian chemist, Mikhail V. Lomonosov (1741-1765). Spring will arrive in the martian northern hemisphere around June 1, 2000, and summer will come in December 2000. Sunlight illuminates this scene from the lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/MSSS

Image Addition Date:
2000-04-29