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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Cut-off

Status Report From: NASAJPL/MSSS
Posted: Monday, August 21, 2006

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1561, 21 August 2006

Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an unconformity in an exposure of north polar layered material, at which older layers were cut-off and eroded before a new suite of layers was deposited above them. The terrain in the entire scene was covered by a thin frost of frozen carbon dioxide at the time this picture was acquired in June 2006.
Location near: 86.1°N, 208.5°W
Image width: ~4 km (~2.5 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Spring

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Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, California. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, California and Denver, Colorado.

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