Mars Orbiter Camera Update: 12 October 1998The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) remains powered off until the Mapping Phase of the mission begins in late-March 1999. The MOC science team is examining the results of the first year of operations (mid-September 1997 to mid-September 1998). Malin Space Science Systems is preparing the data for permanent archive with the NASA Planetary Data System.
Some highlights of the MOC results presented by MSSS at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 12, 1998, are presented here. Additional images will be posted in conjunction with subsequent scientific conferences that will occur later in October.
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, CA. 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, CA and Denver, CO.
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