Approach Image 2

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera Release:                   MOC2-6
Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera Image ID:            556480166.21

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Image acquired 8/19/1997 17:49:24 UTC
Camera Aim Point = 23.6°N, 262.3°W
Range = 5.79 Mkm

This view of Mars shows the broad Elysium plains (light area in center half of picture) "sandwiched" between the dark Utopia plains to the north and the dark diagonal boundary between the Elysium plains and the Tritonis and Cimmerium highlands. The light area near the center of the illuminated planet is the Elysium volcanic center; the bright feature near the edge of the volcanic center is probably a morning cloud. The large impact basin Hellas can be seen at the very bottom of the image; its bland gray appearance suggests that it is filled by fogs and hazes associated with the south polar cap.

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