Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Wind-Exhumed Crater

By SpaceRef Editor
February 2, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-990, 2 February 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

The large circular feature in
this Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image is the expression of a formerly filled and
buried meteor crater, locked within sedimentary materials
eroded by wind in the Memnonia Sulci region of Mars. The
ridges and troughs in the image attest to the power
of wind erosion to form yardangs.

Location near: 1.6°N, 173.9°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: upper 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.