Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Iberus Vallis Troughs

By SpaceRef Editor
November 24, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-553, 23 November 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Iberus Vallis is a trough system located radial to and
southeast of the martian volcano, Elysium Mons.
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image, acquired in October 2003, shows some of the valleys
of this region; they are
cut into what is presumably (at least near the top)
volcanic rock. The dark dots and specks on the valley
floors are large boulders that have been shed from the
slopes. This picture is
located near 21.6°N, 208.3°W.
The image shows an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide, and is
illuminated by sunlight 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.