Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) Science Investigation

NASA Ames Research Center

MOLA is an instrument orbiting Mars on the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft. It transmits infrared laser pulses in order to construct a precise topographic map of Mars.

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Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Missions/Data Acquisition, Geophysics, Images/Maps/Visualizations, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Geology:Geophysics, Structural Geology:Structural Visualizations
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Datasets and Tools:Datasets
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), General Public, High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Data Derived: Data Derived
Data Source: Observational Data
Science Background Required: Basic scientific background required
Topics: Solar system:Mars:Images/Maps/Visualizations, Solar system:Mars, Solar system, Mars:Missions/Data Acquisition, Geophysics
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Structural Geology, Geophysics, Planetary ScienceKeywords: passive radiometer, tharsis, mars surface, radiometer information, daytime radiances