Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: South Polar Wind Streak

By SpaceRef Editor
May 19, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-731, 19 May 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a small meteor impact crater, about 90 meters
(~295 feet) in diameter, with a short, dark wind streak on its
down-wind side. The crater is located atop south polar
layered materials
near 80.2°S, 210.4°W.
The March 2004, early autumn picture covers an area
about 3 km (1.9 mi) across and
is illuminated by sunlight from the upper 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.