Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Polar Polygons

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1001, 13 February 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows polygons formed in ice-rich material in the north polar region of Mars. The bright surfaces in this image are covered by a thin water ice frost.
Location near: 79.8°N, 344.8°W
Image width: ~1.5 km (~0.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Summer

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Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, California. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, California and Denver, Colorado.

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