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Mars Global Surveyor: MOLA

The Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) generated altimetry profiles used to create global topographic maps. The MOLA instrument stopped acquiring altimetry data on June 30, 2001, and after that operated in passive radiometry mode until the end of the MGS mission. MOLA data sets are produced by the MOLA Science Team and archived by the PDS Geosciences Node.

Raw Data Products    
Aggregated Experiment Data Records (AEDRs) Online access
Derived Data Products    
Precision Experiment Data Records (PEDRs): altimetry profiles Online access
Initial Experiment Gridded Data Records (IEGDRs) Stored offline; available on request
Mission Experiment Gridded Data Records (MEGDRs): topographic maps Online access
Spherical harmonics model (SHADR) Online access
Passive Radiometry Data Records (PRDR) Online access

Online Tools

Mars Orbital Data Explorer - Provides search, display, and download  tools for this data set.

MOLA Products and IAU Coordinates

The final version (Version L) of the MOLA PEDR data set was generated using the IAU 2000 coordinate system. The final version of the MOLA topographic maps (MEGDRs) was generated from the Version L PEDRs, and therefore also uses the IAU 2000 coordinate system. Older versions of MOLA PEDRs and topographic maps were created in the IAU 1991 system. For more information, see the PEDR Data Set Information under Data Set Overview.


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