Approach Image 7

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera Release:                   MOC2-8
Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera Image ID:            556602026.71

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Image acquired 8/21/1997 03:40:24 UTC
Camera Aim Point = 23.6°N, 37.2°W
Range = 5.47 Mkm

This image of Mars shows an area centered near the Pathfinder landing site. The dark area north of the center of the image along the sunrise terminator is Acidalia Planitia--the Pathfinder landing site is about a third of the way down from this dark area across the light Chryse plains. The bright area near the edge of the planet is Arabia. The lower 40% of the image contains the Xanthe, Margaritifer, and Meridiani highlands, heavily-cratered, ancient areas of the most intense erosion seen on Mars. These will be among the more important targets of the MOC when it begins detailed studies in March 1998.

Note: This MOC image is made available in order to share with the public the excitement of new discoveries being made via the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. The image may be reproduced only if the image is credited to "Malin Space Science Systems/NASA". Release of this image does not constitute a release of scientific data. The image and its caption should not be referenced in the scientific literature. Full data releases to the scientific community are scheduled by the Mars Global Surveyor Project and NASA Planetary Data System. Typically, data will be released after a 6 month calibration and validation period.

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