This image was taken by the Mars Global Surveyor's Mars Orbital Camera under cloudless conditions on 08 April 2001 and has a resolution of 1.56 m/pixel. (MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-283, 24 May 2001) A full-resolution version of the image (5.3M) is also available. For more information on the image, see The MSSS web page.
From the second imaging pass
The first image shows the full processed swath of the Cydonia region viewed by Mars Global Surveyor at 14:02:17 UT (10:02:17 a.m. EDT) on 14 April 1998, on orbit 239. The second and third images show the top and bottom of the swath, respectively. The area imaged is shown as the white box on the Viking image below. Next to this are shown the imaging parameters for the MGS image.Orbit: 239
The MGS spacecraft attempted to image an area known as the "City" centered at 40.86 N, 9.91 W. Owing to spacecraft pointing control limitations, the actual area imaged was centered at 40.84 N, 9.98 W. This offset, approximately 3.13 km (1.9 mi) in longitude, is greater than one-half of the field-of-view (FOV = 2.6 km or 1.6 mi), and there is very little if any overlap between the targeted features and those observed. The high resolution image has scale of 2.5 m (8.2 feet) per pixel, and was acquired at nearly a vertical viewing angle (2.35 degrees). An MGS wide-angle view of the region (334K JPG) is also available
Full Resolution Enhanced Image (238K TIFF)
Mars Global Surveyor acquired a high-resolution 4.4 km x 41.5 km swath of the Cydonia Mense region of Mars, including the feature known as the "Face on Mars" (located at approximately 40.8 N, 9.6 W) on 5 April 1998. The morning sun was 25 degrees above the horizon of Mars at the time the image was taken. The image was taken from a distance of 444 km at an oblique angle and has a resolution of 4.3 meters per pixel. For comparison, the Viking 1 image shown above (70A13) was taken under late afternoon lighting conditions and has a resolution of about 43 meters/pixel. There appears to be haze or fog over some parts of the region.
Range: 444.21 km
Resolution: 4.32 m/pixel
Image dimensions: 1024 X 19200 pixels, 4.42 km X 82.94 km
Line time: 0.69 msec
Emission angle: 44.66 degrees
Incidence angle: 64.96 degrees
Phase angle: 61.97 degrees
Scan rate: ~0.1 degree/sec
Start time: periapsis + 375 sec
Image acquired: Sun 05 April 1998 UT 08:39:37 (04:39:37 EDT, 00:39:37 PST)
1.2M Contrast Enhanced GIF
Images as originally released by the project - note the orientation is flipped horizontally and the contrast is very low.