PIA04972: South Polar Mesas
 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:  512 x 768 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA04972.tif (393.8 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA04972.jpg (115.6 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-573, 13 December 2003

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows mesas--the eroded remnants of a former layer or group of layers--in the south polar region of Mars. The circular feature at the top of the image is an old meteor impact crater that has been somewhat covered by younger materials; a remnant of the layer that comprises the mesas is also found on the floor of this crater. The image is located near 79.3S, 299.0W, and covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates this scene from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-01-04