Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Middle-Latitude Craters

By SpaceRef Editor
February 26, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-648, 26 February 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows two craters and a rough-textured surface in
Icaria Planum
near 44.5°S, 109.8°W.
Both craters have been buried by a thin mantle of material that
eroded to form a rough texture. The ejecta pattern
from the smaller of the two craters is still apparent
through this mantle. While this is a southern mid-latitude
surface, similar textures and thinly-buried craters are
common at northern mid-latitudes, as well.
Sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left; the
picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.

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.