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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Tyrrhena Dunes

By SpaceRef Editor
April 8, 2006
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1426, 8 April 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 a portion of a field of dark sand dunes superposed on the light-toned floor of a crater in eastern Tyrrhena Terra. The orientation of the dunes—with the steep faces toward the south (bottom)—suggests that winds generally blew from north to south at the time the dunes were formed.
Location near: 14.6°S, 262.3°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Southern Summer

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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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