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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: East Arabia Mesas

By SpaceRef Editor
October 30, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1266, 30 October 2005

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 mesas and other eroded landforms in eastern Arabia Terra, near Huo Hsing Vallis. Arabia Terra is generally a cratered terrain that has been severely eroded, although the causes of the erosion—and where all the material went when it was removed—are not known.

Location near: 27.3°N, 293.2°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: lower left

Season: Northern Summer

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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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