Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Autumn Dust Storm

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-903, 7 November 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a ~3.7 m/pixel (~12 ft/pixel) view of a portion of a small dust storm that occurred during early southern autumn in April 2004. The image is located on the floor of a crater near 57.8°S, 271.0°W. The image covers an area approximately 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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