PIA06722: South Polar Terrain
 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 1322 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-798
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA06722.tif (617.3 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA06722.jpg (143.9 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

25 July 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layers broken-up by processes that form nearly square polygonal cracks and textures in the south polar region of Mars. Exactly how the polygons formed is anyone's guess; typically, polygon patterns in the martian polar regions are taken to indicate the presence of ground ice, similar to polygons in the Earth's arctic and antarctic regions. This picture is located near 86.4S, 180.3W, and is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-07-25