South Polar Cap in Summer
June 7, 2003
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) wide angle camera view of the martian south polar residual cap was acquired in March 2002, at the peak of the last southern summer. The ice at the surface of this summertime cap is mostly composed of carbon dioxide. The picture covers an area about 600 km (373 mi) wide near 90.0°S. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower right.
Topics: Environment, Polar ice cap, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars, This Mars Global Surveyor, Mare Australe quadrangle, Climate of Mars