PIA08769: Cracky Mars
 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 1290 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1592
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA08769.tif (868 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA08769.jpg (227.6 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

21 September 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows cracked, layered plains-forming material in the western part of Utopia Planitia, Mars. Investigators have speculated that ice might be -- or might once have been -- present in the ground, and changes in temperature and the amount of ice over time may have led to the formation of these cracks. But no one is certain just how these features formed.

Location near: 45.0N, 276.1W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Spring

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2006-09-21