NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
This red wide angle Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a wavy cloud pattern formed in the lee of Korolev Crater, located near 72.8°N, 195.7°W. Korolev Crater is about 85 km (53 mi) in diameter and named for Sergei P. Korolev, a pioneering Russian rocket designer and engineer who died in the mid-1960s. The image, acquired in late northern summer, 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.