Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Rippled Mars 07-29-2004

By SpaceRef Editor
July 29, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-802, 29 July 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Hundreds of large ripples or small dunes cover the
landscape in the Terra Tyrrhena region of Mars in
this Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image. The winds responsible for these dunes blew from the
north-northwest (top/upper left). This scene is located
near 8.8°S, 252.8°W, and
covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight
illuminates the terrain 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.