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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Stream, Inverted

By SpaceRef Editor
July 27, 2006
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1536, 27 July 2006

Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the inverted, eroded remains of a channel—now standing as a complex ridge that runs across the middle of this scene—in dust-mantled terrain west of Sinus Meridiani, Mars. The original channel might have been carved by running water, but too little detail remains today to provide any certainty as to whether water was the culprit.
Location near: 5.6°N, 7.6°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Northern Spring

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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.

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