Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Looking Into a Trough

By SpaceRef Editor
May 25, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1102, 25 May 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a high resolution view of the floor and walls of a trough located west of the Elysium Mons volcano. The trough cuts through layered and dust-mantled rock. Large boulders and windblown ripples, mostly covered with a blanket of dust, can be seen on the trough floor.

Location near: 21.2°N, 222.4°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: lower left

Season: Northern Summer

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.