PIA03980: South Polar Polygons
 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:  1024 x 2506 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1142
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA03980.tif (2.569 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA03980.jpg (228.2 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

4 July 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a polgyon-cracked surface, into which deep, somewhat kidney-bean-shaped pits have formed. These are landscapes of the martian south polar residual cap. This view was captured during May 2005.

Location near: 86.9S, 5.1W
Image width: ~1.5 km (~0.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season Southern Spring

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2005-07-04