Volume: 01, Issue: 02
The first image in the NASA gallery. Frost covered sand dunes on Mars.
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This image was taken during southern spring, as the seasonal carbon dioxide frost cap was subliming away. Frost remaining in shallow cracks and depressions reveals a fantastic polygonal pattern.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
NASA Chooses Mars Rover Landing Sites
Classroom Exploration of the Oceans: An Online Teacher Workshop Series
 

Mars Orbiter Camera Team Begins Daily Picture Postings

The camera team for NASA's Mars Global Surveyor mission is beginning daily Internet postings of pictures that showcase the rich diversity of Martian landscapes.

The Mars Global Surveyor left Earth in November 1996 and began orbiting Mars late in 1997. Onboard was the Mars Orbital Camera, an instrument designed to visually characterize the planet's surface. As the craft passed over the planet, the Mars Orbital Camera took pictures of the features directly below it, and over several months a composite image of the Martian globe was created.

Now the team operating the Mars Orbital Camera has begun posting images from this mission on the Internet. The first "Mars Orbiter Camera Picture of the Day" shows frost-covered sand dunes in the springtime as they begin to defrost. It is available online at the camera team's Web site, where a different picture will be posted every day, including weekends and holidays.

The site will soon add other new features for the public enjoyment of pictures from Mars, said Dr. Michael Malin, principal investigator for the Mars Orbital Camera on Global Surveyor. It already offers access to more than 123,800 images of Mars. The spacecraft has been orbiting Mars since September 1997.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., manages Mars Global Surveyor for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. JPL's industrial partner is Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver,which developed and operates the spacecraft. The Mars Orbiter Camera is operated by Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego.

You can view the daily images at the Malin Space Science Systems website:
http://www.msss.com/

Additional information about Mars Global Surveyor is available online at:
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/

For more information about NASA and other space science programs on the Internet, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/

    
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