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INTERNET IMAGE ADVISORYFebruary 11, 2000

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY FROM MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR

       NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft has captured a lovely view of a bright, heart-shaped mesa in the south polar region of the red planet.

       The heart-shaped feature is about 255 meters (837 feet) across. According to Mars Global Surveyor scientists, the presence of this mesa indicates that the darker, rough terrain that surrounds it was once covered by a layer of the bright material.

       The image, taken on November 26, 1999, is being released today on the web at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov or http://www.msss.com

       Mars Global Surveyor is the first mission in a long-term program of Mars exploration known as the Mars Surveyor Program that is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

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