Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Olympus Flows

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1054, 7 April 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows channels carved into the plains southeast of the large volcano, Olympus Mons. The fluid that created these landforms flowed from upper right toward the lower left, but its nature is unknown. Today, the entire scene is mantled with dust.
Location near: 16.0°N, 129.3°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Autumn

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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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