Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Dust Devil Art 11-11-2003

By SpaceRef Editor
November 11, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-541, 11 November 2003




NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

In some regions of Mars, dust devils create streaks by
disrupting or removing thin coatings of fine, bright dust from the
surface. This summertime view of terrain in southern Noachis
Terra, acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC),
provides an example. Streak patterns such as these are commonly created
during the spring and summer in the southern hemisphere; in autumn and
winter they are often erased–perhaps by deposition of a new coating of
dust–and then a completely different pattern is formed the following
spring and summer. This image is located
near 59.6°S, 328.8°W.
The picture is 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and illuminated by
sunlight from the upper 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.