Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Valley near Cydonia

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-967, 10 January 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an ancient valley in far northwestern Arabia Terra, near the Cydonia region. Large, windblown ripples occur on the valley floor. This valley is located near 33.2°N, 10.1°W. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across, and is illuminated by sunlight from the left/lower 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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