NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
This red wide angle Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image, acquired in March 2004, shows Kunowsky Crater ringed by seasonal frost. Kunowsky is about 67 km (~42 mi) in diameter. Wavy clouds form to the east (right) of the crater in early spring as winds circulate from west to east. The crater is located at 57.1°N, 9.7°W. The picture is illuminated by sunlight from the lower 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.