PIA07839: Polygons in Utopia
 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 1386 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1061
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA07839.tif (1.421 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA07839.jpg (230.3 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

14 April 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a typical view of polygon-cracked and pitted surfaces unique to western Utopia Planitia. No other place on Mars has this appearance. Some Mars scientists have speculated that ground ice may be responsible for these landforms.

Location near: 42.3N, 275.6W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Summer

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2005-04-14