PIA06806: South Polar 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 1254 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-818
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA06806.tif (983.7 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA06806.jpg (157 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

14 August 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows a small, 280-meter (~919 feet)-diameter meteor impact crater in south polar layered terrain. The ejecta from the crater today stands somewhat higher than the surrounding terrain, suggesting that, at the time the impact occurred, the surface was several meters higher than it is today. A layer of material, several meters thick, has been stripped away since the time the crater formed. The image is located near 86.3S, 113.0W, and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across. The scene is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-08-14