Mars Valentine 2019

Captioned Image Release No. MSSS-566 — 14 February 2019


NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
Subframe of the full CTX image K12_057880_1878_XN_07N052W. North is to the right and illumination from the upper left.

Mars Valentine 2019


Happy St. Valentine's Day from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) team! We are celebrating this Valentine's day with a CTX image from Xanthe Terra near the equator on Mars.


The image shows two approximately 1 km wide heart-shaped depressions with rippled bedforms. The image was taken by CTX on December 01, 2018. These features are located at approximately 7.21°N, 52.37°W.


Over the past 20 years, Malin Space Science Systems has featured other heart-shaped martian landforms on Valentine's Day in images acquired by MRO CTX and the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC). These previous examples can be viewed by clicking on the following links:




To cite the image(s) and caption information in a paper or report:

Malin, M. C., M. R. Wu, A. W. Britton, G. T. Speth, D. A. Susko, and L. Posiolova (2019), Mars Valentine 2019, Malin Space Science Systems Captioned Image Release, MSSS-566,

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Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) built and operates the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover Mast Camera (Mastcam) and Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and Mars Descent Imager (MARDI), the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mars Color Imager (MARCI) and Context Camera (CTX), and the Jupiter Orbiter (JUNO) camera (Junocam). MSSS also built and operated the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC). In addition, MSSS built the Mars Odyssey (ODY) Thermal Emission Imaging Spectrometer (THEMIS) Visible (VIS) camera subsystem, which shares optics with the thermal infrared instrument and is operated at Arizona State University (ASU). MSSS also built the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) for the Phoenix Mars Scout lander, the suite of high resolution cameras aboard the 2009 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), and Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REX) mission. MSSS is currently working on cameras for the Mars 2020 rover mission.