Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Lycus Sulci Terrain

By SpaceRef Editor
April 29, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1076, 29 April 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a small mountain in the Lycus Sulci region, northwest of the Olympus Mons volcano. Dark streaks, probably caused by avalanching and flow of extremely dry dust, have formed on the mountain’s slopes. The various ridged and grooved textures in this scene were formed by wind erosion.

Location near: 22.6°N, 145.5°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.