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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Olympica Fossae Landforms

By SpaceRef Editor
June 15, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1123, 15 June 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a portion of the enigmatic valley of the Olympica Fossae region. Unknown is whether water, lava, or mud, or some combination of these things, once poured through the valley system.

Location near: 24.2°N, 115.7°W

Image width: ~2 km (~1.2 mi)

Illumination from: lower left

Season: Northern Autumn

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.