This is one of the highest-resolution images ever obtained from Mars and is one of the new additions to the online gallery. The picture shows gullies in a crater in the Newton Basin.
Courtesy of NASA/JPL
Oodles of New Pictures Land in Martian Photo Album!
News story originally written on October 8, 2002
Check out the over 18,000 new pictures that were added to NASA's Mars Global Surveyor Online Image Gallery on October 7, 2002. The addition brings the total number of Global Surveyor pictures to 112,218!
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab launched Global Surveyor on Nov. 7, 1996 and it entered the Martian orbit on Sept. 12, 1997. Global Surveyor has studied the entire Martian surface, atmosphere, and interior, returning more data than all other Mars missions combined.
The new group of pictures was taken between August 2001 and January 2002. During this time Global Surveyor’s camera captured events in the atmosphere, such as planet-wide dust storms, as well as features of the planet’s surface, such as gullies, sand dunes, and frost. Scientists are using some of the images to find a good landing site for the Mars Exploration Rover, scheduled to launch in 2003.
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