Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Valentine 2006

By SpaceRef Editor
February 14, 2006
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1373, 14 February 2006

Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mars
Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team!

This somewhat heart-shaped, eroded and partially-filled
crater is located near the southeast wall of Columbus
Crater in the Mare Sirenum region of Mars. North is
toward the bottom/lower left.

Location near: 29.9°S, 165.2°W

400 meter scale bar = ~1,312 feet

Illumination from: lower right

Season: Southern 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.

SpaceRef staff editor.