PIA03197: White Rock
 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:  836 x 2057 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1281
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA03197.tif (1.722 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA03197.jpg (359.1 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

14 November 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a portion of the famous "White Rock" feature in Pollack Crater in the Sinus Sabaeus region of Mars. The light-toned rock is not really white, but its light tone caught the eye of Mars geologists as far back as 1972, when it was first spotted in images acquired by Mariner 9. The light-toned materials are probably the remains of a suite of layered sediments that once spread completely across the interior of Pollack Crater. Dark materials in this image include sand dunes and large ripples.

Location near: 8.1S, 335.1W
Image width: width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Southern Summer

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2005-11-14