NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Yardang City

Status Report From: NASAJPL/MSSS
Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2006

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1595, 24 September 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 the contact between a group of yardangs, tapered ridges formed by the removal of relatively easily-eroded material (e.g., sedimentary rock) and a concentration of dark-toned windblown sand on the floor of a crater in the Terra Sabaea region of Mars.
Location near: 1.4°N, 333.9°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper 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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