NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the wind-eroded surfaces of the Labou Vallis system. The original valley walls and floor were covered with a material that was later eroded by wind to form the sharp, rough textured terrain seen here. Avalanches of dust formed dark streaks on some slopes. This picture is located near 8.5°S, 154.7°W. It is illuminated by sunlight from the left.
Other versions of this picture:
Full-resolution GIF (~3.7 m/pixel) of entire original image, M07-03611
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.