Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Ariadnes Colles

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-690, 8 April 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

The Ariadnes Colles is a cluster of light-toned knobs, mesas, and hills in Terra Cimmeria near 35°S, 188°W. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an example of these landforms. They might be the eroded remnants of material deposited in an extremely ancient impact basin. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper 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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