Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Wind Streak and Crater

By SpaceRef Editor
February 23, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-645, 23 February 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a wind streak developed in the lee of a
meteor impact crater in western Daedalia Planum. The
dominant winds responsible for the streak blew from the
bottom/lower right (southeast).
The image is located
near 9.9°S, 144.9°W.
Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left; the
picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.

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.