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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Terby’s Rocks 08-26-2005

By SpaceRef Editor
August 26, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1194, 25 August 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock outcrops in the crater, Terby. The crater is located on the north rim of Hellas Basin. If one could visit the rocks in Terby, one might learn from them whether they formed in a body of water. It is possible, for example, that Terby was a bay in a larger, Hellas-wide sea.

Location near: 27.9°S, 285.7°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: upper left

Season: Southern Winter

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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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