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NASA Mars Image of the Day: Ripples and Dunes

By SpaceRef Editor
July 21, 2006
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NASA Mars Image of the Day: Ripples and Dunes

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1530, 21 July 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 a small portion of the floor of Kaiser Crater in the Noachis Terra region, Mars. The terrain in the upper (northern) half of the image is covered by large windblown ripples and a few smoother-surfaced sand dunes. The dominant winds responsible for these features blew from the west/southwest (left/lower left).
Location near: 47.2°S, 341.3°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Winter

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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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