15663Fwd = GALLERY OF MARS CLOSEUPS FROM NASA ORBITER ADDS 10,232 VIEWS
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Original Subject: GALLERY OF MARS CLOSEUPS FROM NASA ORBITER ADDS 10,232 VIEWS
Original Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 12:40:22 -0400 (EDT)
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Headquarters, Washington September 30, 2003
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
GALLERY OF MARS CLOSEUPS FROM NASA ORBITER ADDS 10,232 VIEWS
Thousands of newly released portraits of martian
landscapes from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft testify
to the diversity of ways geological processes have sculpted
the surface of our neighboring planet.
Swirling textures that some scientists call "taffy-pull
terrain" fill one new image from the plains of southern Mars,
for example. Other images reveal details of features such as
wind-whipped polar dunes and steep-sided valleys carved by
flowing water or lava.
The 10,232 newly issued pictures from the Mars Orbiter Camera
on Mars Global Surveyor bring the total number of images in
the camera's online gallery to more than 134,000. The new
batch is at:
"Mars just keeps astounding us with its complexity," said Dr.
Ken Edgett, staff scientist for Malin Space Science Systems,
San Diego, which built and operates the Mars Orbiter Camera.
The new group of images was taken between August 2002 and
February 2003, then validated and archived by the camera team.
It includes many views of north polar terrain, extremely
clear-atmosphere views of a deep southern basin named Hellas
Planitia, and a variety of martian landforms between the north
pole and the southern middle latitudes. The pictures show
martian surface details down to the size of a large sport
Since Mars Global Surveyor began orbiting Mars six years ago,
the mission has provided a wealth of information about the
planet's atmosphere and interior, as well as its surface.
Evaluation of landing sites for NASA's Spirit and Opportunity,
two Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft due to land on Mars in
January 2004, relied heavily on mineral mapping, detailed
imagery and topographic measurements by Global Surveyor.
Additional information about Mars Global Surveyor is available
In addition to semi-annual releases of large collections of
archived pictures, the Mars Orbiter Camera team posts a new
image daily and recently began soliciting public suggestions
for camera targets on Mars.
The full gallery is available at:
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages the
Mars Global Surveyor mission for NASA's Office of Space
Science, Washington. JPL is a division of the California
Institute of Technology in Pasadena. JPL's industrial partner
is Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, which built and
operates the spacecraft.
For more information about NASA and other space science
programs on the Internet, visit:
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