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INTERNET IMAGE ADVISORYJuly 19, 1999

NEW MARS SNAPSHOTS SHOW A DIVERSE PLANET

       Summer vacation photos were never like this. A new set of photographs taken by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, that intrepid explorer that has been studying the planet since 1997, reveals a surface rich in detail.

       "This set of photos shows the diversity of things we've been seeing on Mars during the last several months. We see everything from sand dunes covered with frost, water ice clouds hanging over volcanoes and ancient craters being eroded by high winds," said Dr. Michael Malin of Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, CA, principal investigator for the camera onboard Mars Global Surveyor. "And they're really pretty!"

       The images are being released in conjunction with the Fifth International Mars Conference being held this week at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

       The images are available 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 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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