PIA08107: South Polar Designs
 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:  2048 x 2712 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1447
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA08107.tif (5.56 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA08107.jpg (1.151 MB)

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29 April 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an undulating scene in the south polar region of Mars. Small, elevated mesas of smooth, relatively homogeneous-appearing material are separated by low-lying regions that are speckled and darkened in some local areas. Over the martian summer months, sublimation of solid carbon dioxide -- the bright material in the scene -- contributes to the darkening of the sides of the mesas as well as the low-lying regions between them.

Location near: 86.8S, 341.3W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Summer

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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