Planets and Moons  ID: 769

A Rotating True Color View of the Martian South Pole

This is one of a series of visualizations showing false-colored renderings of the Martian topography measured by MOLA in the vicinity of the Mars Polar Lander landing site. Blue tones represent elevations of less than 2 kilometers, while reddish tones are greater than about 2.8 kilometers, relative to the mean equatorial height of Mars. The elevation of the landing site is about 2.4 km, midway into the polar layered terrain. The 400 meters (1/4 mile) resolution of the MOLA data gives a smoothed but vertically exaggerated view of the topography. At this scale it is impossible to ascertain the actual roughness at the lander's destination, forcing project directors to make their best guesses based on available data.
 

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For More Information

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/stories/MOLA_south_pole/index.html


Visualization Credits

Tom Biddlecome (Raytheon): Lead Animator
David Smith (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Missions:
Mars Global Surveyor - MGS
Viking

Data Used:
Viking 1976-1980
MGS/MOLA/Topography
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This item is part of this series:
Mars Polar Lander

Goddard TV Tape:
G1999-097

Keywords:
SVS >> Mars
DLESE >> Space science
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons