PIA04526: Buried Craters of Utopia
 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:  1995 x 2993 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA04526.tif (5.791 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA04526.jpg (679 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-365, 19 May 2003

Beneath the northern plains of Mars are numerous buried meteor impact craters. One of the most heavily-cratered areas, although buried, occurs in Utopia Planitia, as shown in this Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image. The history of Mars is complex; impact craters provide a tool by which to understand some of that history. In this case, a very ancient, cratered surface was thinly-buried by younger material that is not cratered at all. This area is near 48.1N, 228.2W; less than 180 km (112 mi) west of the Viking 2 lander site. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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