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!
Learn about Earth and space science, and have fun while doing it! The games
section of our online store
includes a climate change card game
and the Traveling Nitrogen game
You might also be interested in:
How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable....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