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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Up Close and Personal

By SpaceRef Editor
March 3, 2006
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1389, 2 March 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 1.5 meters (~5 feet) per pixel view of an impact crater that is approximately 3 km (9840 ft) in diameter. It is located in southwestern Terra Sabaea. South (toward the bottom of the image) of the impact crater is a second, more subdued circular feature which is probably an ancient impact crater that was buried and only partially exhumed, a common occurrence on Mars.
Location near: 21.9°S, 338.6°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper 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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