MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE JET PROPULSION LABORATORY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011 http://www.jpl.nasa.gov Contact: Mary Hardin IMAGE ADVISORY April 10, 2000
NEW GLOBAL SURVEYOR IMAGES REVEAL EXOTIC MARTIAN LANDSCAPE
Two new photo mosaics, created with images from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft now in orbit at Mars, may help scientists understand what materials make up the exotic, multi- layers of the South Pole.
Scientists theorize that the thickness and the composition of the layers in the south polar region could hold a record of climate change in a way that is similar to how years of drought and years of plentiful rain change the width of rings in a tree trunk on Earth. Because the south polar terrain is so strange and new to human eyes, no one as yet has an entirely adequate explanation as to what is being seen. The layers may be made up of frozen carbon dioxide, water ice and fine dusts that have been eroded over time.
The mosaics were produced by imaging team scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ and the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. The Global Surveyor images are available at
Mars Global Surveyor is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
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