Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Dark Slope Streaks

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-457, 19 August 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This June 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a crater rim mantled with fine dust near 7.6°N, 171.8°W. Occasional avalanches of dust have created dark streaks that are tapered at their source and broaden downslope. A suite of particularly large streaks are seen in the lower right quarter of the picture. The MOC narrow angle camera does not take color images; this full-resolution (1.5 m/pixel; 5 ft/pixel) picture has been "colorized" using data from a previous color image of Mars. Sunlight illuminates this scene from the lower left.

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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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