This is an image of a plateau and surrounding steep slopes within the Valles Marineris.
Click on image for full size
Image from: Malin Space Science Systems
An Overview of the Mars Global Surveyor Mission
The mission of Mars Global Surveyor (MGS for short) is to map the surface of Mars
from space. MGS is also looking at the atmosphere of Mars and the weather of Mars.
MGS and the
Mars Pathfinder (MPF for short), were both part of theMars Surveyor Program.
MGS has already sent tons of data back to Earth. This data is helping scientists understand the surface and atmosphere of Mars. MGS also made sure there was a Martian magnetosphere.
As of April 25, 2001, the MGS was still going strong! The spacecraft has been in space 1,631 days and has completed 9,530 mapping orbits of Mars!
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, as well as books
on science education!
You might also be interested in:
What types of instructional experiences help K-8 students learn science with understanding? What do science educators teachers, teacher leaders, science specialists, professional development staff, curriculum designers, school administrators need to know to create and support such experiences?...more
Recently, Mars Pathfinder returned a measurement which suggested that Mars has a large iron core. The Mars Global Surveyor measurements show that Mars has a magnetic field. So, scientists have learned...more
The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) is in orbit around Mars. I took some really important pictures this month! Pictures like the one to the left tell scientists that there may have been lakes and seas on Mars...more
The countdown has started for the Mars '98 mission. Only 230 days until the launch of the Mars Orbiter! Here are the details! The Mars '98 mission will study the weather and the surface of Mars. Mars '98...more
Take a look at some new pictures from Mars! More than 18,000 pictures, including this one, were just added to a big online photo album of pictures taken by the Mars Global Surveyor. This makes a total...more
The Mars '98 mission was made of two spacecraft called the Mars Climate Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander. The Orbiter was going to orbit Mars and search for water. The Lander was supposed to land near...more
Mars Observer, also called MO for short, was sent to observe the weather, the magnetic field, and the surface of Mars. It carried 8 different instruments. But, MO failed on August 21, 1993. There was a...more
Russia and the United States have been sending spacecraft to Mars since 1960! Some of the coolest missions were Mariner 4, 6, 7, & 9, Mars 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6, the Viking missions, and the Mars Global Surveyor...more