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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Devil's Scratches

Status Report From: NASAJPL/MSSS
Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2006

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1571, 31 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 streaks and scratch marks made in a thin coating of dust on the martian surface in the southern hemisphere. These streaks were made by passing dust devils during the summer season.
Location near: 62.6°S, 89.0°W
Image width: ~1 km (~0.6 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Summer

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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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