PIA02168: South Polar Terraces
 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 1728 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1368
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA02168.tif (1.163 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA02168.jpg (154.2 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

9 February 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layering in terrain at the high southern latitudes of Mars. South polar layers are commonly assumed to consist of varying amounts of dust and ice. An alternative explanation -- they may be exposures of ancient sedimentary rock.

Location near: 78.9S, 10.1W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Summer

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2006-02-09