Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Cerberus Fossae Trough

By SpaceRef Editor
March 5, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-656, 5 March 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a trough in the Cerberus region of Mars
formed by faults as the crust in this area was pulled
apart. The trough walls and floor have a few large boulders
on them, and some large windblown ripples are also present.
The image is located
near 9.1°N, 197.1°W, and covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.
Sunlight illuminates the scene 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.