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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Tharsis Flood Features

By SpaceRef Editor
July 17, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1155, 17 July 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows channels carved by catastrophic floods in the Tharsis region of Mars. This area is located northwest of the volcano, Jovis Tholus, and east of the large martian volcano, Olympus Mons. The terrain is presently mantled with fine dust.

Location near: 20.8°N, 118.8°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: lower left

Season: Northern Autumn

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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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