PIA05526: West Elysium Planitia Crater
 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 2365 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-650
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA05526.tif (1.968 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA05526.jpg (291.9 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

28 February 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a middle northern latitude crater in western Elysium Planitia near 33.7N, 257.8W. The textured floor is a common feature at north and south middle latitudes, but its origin is not well understood. It is possible that sublimation of ice is a contributor to forming this texture, but it is just as possible that the processes do not involve ice or water in any form. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left; the picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-02-28