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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Martian Gullies 07-14-2004

By SpaceRef Editor
July 14, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-787, 14 July 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows gullies with banked and somewhat sinuous
channels and inner channels cut into the wall of a south
middle-latitude crater
near 46.6°S, 175.7°W. Banked channels are among
the key evidence suggesting that some martian gullies involved
flowing fluids with all of the physical properties of liquid
water. The image
covers an area about 2.3 km (1.4 mi) wide, and is
illuminated by sunlight from the 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.