Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Mesas and Troughs

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-501, 2 October 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a grouping of mesas created by pitting and erosion of a layered material north of Apollinaris Patera near 1.7°S, 187.0°W. The terrain is mantled by dust and the troughs between the mesas exhibit large, ripple-like, windblown bedforms. The picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) across. Sunlight illuminates the 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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