PIA07145: North Polar Slope
 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:  MOC2-947
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA07145.tif (1.05 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA07145.jpg (207 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

21 December 2004
Slopes in the north polar region of Mars exhibit outcroppings of layered material. No one knows the composition of the layers, but the uppermost layers of are thought to be a mixture of dust and ice in some proportion. Lower layers in the north polar region are thought to include sand. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a late northern spring view of a slope on which are exposed some of the upper layers in the north polar region. Bright surfaces in this image are covered by frost. The image is located near 81.5N, 340.6W. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-12-21