PIA04877: South Polar Layers
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: 672 x 1008 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-548, 18 November 2003

The south polar region of Mars exhibits thick exposures of layered sediment. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows an example of layers exposed on a slope. The image was obtained during southern summer in early November 2003. Sunlight illuminates the layers from the upper left; the lowest layers are at the top of the image; the slope goes up-hill toward the bottom. This area is located near 86.0S, 182.4W, and covers an area approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2003-11-18