Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Crater in Marte Vallis

By SpaceRef Editor
December 6, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-566, 6 December 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a streamlined tail–pointing toward the upper right
(northeast)–in the lee of a meteor impact crater in Marte
Vallis, a large valley and channel complex southeast and east
of the Elysium volcanic region. The fluid that went
through Marte Vallis, whether water, mud, lava, or otherwise,
created this form as it moved from the lower left (southwest)
toward the upper right. The crater is
located near 19.0°N, 174.9°W. The image covers an area 3 km
(1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated from the 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.