PIA05296: Happy Valentine's Day 2004
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: 1629 x 2443 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
Producer ID: MOC2-636
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Original Caption Released with Image:

14 February 2004
Happy St. Valentine's Day from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team! This collection of images acquired over the past 3 Mars years shows some of the heart-shaped features found on Mars by the MGS MOC.

  • The heart in E04-01788 is a low mesa located near 46.7N, 29.0W, and is about 636 m (2,086 ft) wide.
  • The heart in R10-03259 is a depression located near 22.7N, 56.6W, and is about 378 m (1,240 ft) wide.
  • The heart in R09-02121 is a small mesa on a crater floor located near 37.2S, 324.7W, and is about 120 m (395 ft) wide.
  • The heart in R09-00918 is a depression located near 35.8N, 220.5W, and is about 525 m (1,722 ft) wide.
  • The heart in R04-00395 is a depression in which occurs a low mesa located near 57.5N, 135.0W, and is about 1 km (~0.62 mi) wide.
  • The heart in E11-00090 is a depression located near 0.2N, 119.3W, and is about 485 m (1,591 ft) wide.
  • The heart in E12-00275 is a depression located near 32.7S, 139.3W, and is about 512 m (1,680 ft) wide.
  • The heart in R06-01364 is a depression located near 8.4S, 345.7W, and is about 502 m (1,647 ft) wide.
  • The heart in M11-00480 is a depression located near 1.9N, 186.8W, and is about 153 m (502 ft) wide.
  • The heart in R08-00939 is a depression located near 12.1S, 173.5W, and is about 384 m (1,260 ft) wide.

Other heart-shaped martian landforms were featured in previous MGS MOC image releases:

  • "From Mars, With Love," 17 June 1999 PIA01342
  • "Happy Valentine's Day From Mars!" 11 February 2000 PIA02361

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-02-14