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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: North Mid-latitude Crater

By SpaceRef Editor
April 18, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-700, 18 April 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Unlike southern mid-latitude craters, many northern mid-latitude
craters do not have gullies but are instead partially filled
with layered material. Often, the crater ejecta blankets are
also partially covered.
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a typical example located
near 38.9°N, 185.3°W.
The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across.
Sunlight illuminates the scene 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.