Acidalia and Chryse Plains, Mars
March 19, 2003
Somewhere down there sits the Mars Pathfinder lander and Sojourner rover. This Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera view of the red planet shows the region that includes Ares Vallis andthe the Chryse Plains upon which both Mars Pathfinder and the Viking 1 landed in 1997 and 1976, respectively. Acidalia Planitia is the dark surface that dominates the center left. The Pathfinder site is immediately south of Acidalia, just left of center in this view. Also shown--the north polar cap is at the top, and Arabia Terra and Sinus Meridiani are to the right.
Topics: Environment, Mars Pathfinder, Discovery program, Spacecraft, Mars Global Surveyor, Ares Vallis, Chryse, Acidalia Planitia, Viking 1, Oxia Palus quadrangle, Planetary geology, Rover, Mars, Science