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