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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Valley Segment
Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-860, 25 September 2004
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a small segment of a martian valley located
near 0.5°N, 246.4°W.
The valley floor is covered by a plethora of large,
windblown ripples. The image
covers an area approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) across and
is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.
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.