Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Valley Near Moreux

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

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1064, 17 April 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a valley located at north middle-latitudes near Moreux Crater. This valley might once have been the conduit for a flowing liquid, such as water. Today, the valley is partially filled and the surrounding terrain has the characteristic “roughened” appearance common at middle latitudes in both martian hemispheres.

Location near: 40.7°N, 316.4°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: lower left

Season: Northern Summer

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.