Mars Global Surveyor Sends New Year’s Postcard

The Mars Global Surveyor celebrated Earth’s New Year’s Day while working some 250 miles above the Red Planet, sending back several high-resolution pictures of the martian surface. One of its first images of the new year shows the sandy bluffs, dunes and buttes of a region some 2,200 miles (3,600 kilometers) north of the equator. The region, located at 33 degrees north latitude and 63 degrees east longitude, is called Nilosyrtis Mensae.