Detail View: NASA Planetary Photo Journal Collection: Bird's Eye View of Mars

Title: 
Bird's Eye View of Mars
Original Caption Released with Image: 
This artist's concept shows NASA's future Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission over the red planet. NASA plans to launch this multipurpose spacecraft in August 2005 to advance our understanding of Mars through detailed observation, to examine potential landing sites for future surface missions and to provide a high-data-rate communications relay for those missions. The orbiter's shallow radar experiment, one of six science instruments on board, is designed to probe the internal structure of Mars' polar ice caps, as well as to gather information planet-wide about underground layers of ice, rock and, perhaps, liquid water, which might be accessible from the surface.
Image Credit: 
NASA/JPL
Produced By: 
JPL
Mission: 
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: 
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: 
[NULL]
Product Size: 
692 samples x 479 lines
Producer ID: 
[NULL]
facet_what: 
MRO
facet_where: 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
facet_when: 
August 2005
facet_when_year: 
2005
Image #: 
PIA05490
UID: 
SPD-PHOTJ-PIA05490
original url: 
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05490