Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Bouldery Surface

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-449, 11 August 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) high resolution image shows part of the boulder-strewn surface of an ejecta deposit from a meteor impact crater in Noachis Terra at 49.7°S, 341.6°W. The impact process ejects bouldery debris from the crater and deposits it all around the outside of the crater. Sunlight illuminates the scene 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.

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