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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Pavonis Mons Features

By SpaceRef Editor
February 27, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1015, 27 February 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows wind streaks and a thick mantling of dust in the summit region of the martian volcano, Pavonis Mons. The surface texture gives the impression that the MOC image is blurry, but several very
small, sharp impact craters reveal that the picture is not blurry.

Location near: 1.1°N, 113.2°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: upper left

Season: Northern Summer

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.