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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: NASANews@hq.nasa.gov Original Subject: GALLERY OF MARS CLOSEUPS FROM NASA ORBITER ADDS
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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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      Donald Savage
      Headquarters, Washington September 30, 2003
      (Phone: 202/358-1547)

      Guy Webster
      Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
      (Phone: 818/354-0880)

      RELEASE: 03-311

      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:
      http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/2003/09/30/

      "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
      utility vehicle.

      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
      online at:

      http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/

      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:

      http://www.msss.com/moc_gallery/

      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:

      http://www.nasa.gov

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