Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Alba Patera

By SpaceRef Editor
December 28, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-588, 28 December 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) red
wide angle image shows much of Alba Patera, a low, broad
shield volcano in northern Tharsis. The caldera complex—the
pits formed by collapse at the volcano summit—is located
toward the bottom center of this image. Alba Patera is located
at 41°N, 111°W. The area shown here is approximately 430 km
(~270 mi) across and illuminated from the lower left.

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.

SpaceRef staff editor.