Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Old Martian Valley

By SpaceRef Editor
December 18, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-578, 18 December 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows an ancient, unnamed, martian valley in the Xanthe
Terra region,
located near 3.3°S, 54.9°W. This valley might
have been a conduit for flowing water, but there is no
way to be certain because it is so old that none of its
original features have been preserved. Bright, windblown
ripples are now found on the valley floor. The image
covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide;
sunlight illuminates the scene 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.