Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Syrian Dust Devil

By SpaceRef Editor
February 7, 2005
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Mars Global SurveyorMars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-994, 6 February 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a dust devil in far western Syria Planum.
The dust devil is located near the left-center of
the image. It is casting a shadow toward the lower
right (southeast).

Location near: 14.5°S, 109.6°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: upper left

Season: Southern Winter

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.