Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

South Polar Wind Streak

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-731, 19 May 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a small meteor impact crater, about 90 meters (~295 feet) in diameter, with a short, dark wind streak on its down-wind side. The crater is located atop south polar layered materials near 80.2°S, 210.4°W. The March 2004, early autumn picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated by sunlight 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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