Take a flight over the surface of Mars
Artist's concept of the Mars Global Surveyor
(CNN) -- Ever imagined what Mars would like from an orbiting
spacecraft? NASA this week released a short Y2K Mars "movie,"
composed of images snapped by a camera onboard the Mars Global Surveyor.
The spectacular footage offers a glimpse of the red planet
near the south pole as clocks on Earth struck midnight,
January 1, 2000, in the time zone that includes Mexico City
The bright white/pink surfaces in the movie are the martian south polar cap, where it was early summer as the Earth's new century
arrived. The martian atmosphere is hazy and pink with
particles kicked up by dust storms that occur along the
margin of the retreating seasonal frost cap.
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Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California,
operates the Mars Orbiter Camera, which captured the images.
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Mars Polar Lander: Official Web site
Deep Space 2
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mars Meteorite home page
The Nine Planets: Mars
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