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The Martian surface

May 1, 1987

The past four years have been particularly fruitful for Martian research as the enormous volumes of data collected during the Viking mission became readily available to the general science community, and as reformatting of the remote sensing data into cartographic products made the data more useable. The 1:5,000,000‐scale map series is complete, and 1:2,000,000‐scale controlled mosaics of the entire planet are nearing completion. In addition 1:500,000‐scale mosaics have been prepared of about thirty local areas. A uniform scale, digital imaging data base is in preparation (Batson, 1986), and the infrared data have been reformatted to make it more accessible to the general user (Martin and Kieffer, 1985).