The newly released images are products of the main objectives for the camera team during the extended mission, including:
- Continued daily monitoring of Martian weather, storms, and polar cap changes;
- Looking for changes caused by frost, wind, slope movements, and gully action with the high-resolution camera;
- The opportunity to take a second look at features previously seen by the camera by turning and pointing the spacecraft to provide "3-D" (stereoscopic) views of certain areas;
- Collecting pictures of other geologic features of interest, including sites being considered for the two 2003 Mars Exploration Rover landings.
The images are available at these sites:
Mars Global Surveyor is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The Mars Orbiter Camera is operated by Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, Calif.
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