Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Rugged Terrain

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1184, 15 August 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows rugged terrain in the Nestus Valles portion of northern Memnonia. Wind erosion has scoured the landscape. Dust, deposited after the wind erosion occurred, mantles the scene. Dark streaks have formed by avalanching of the fine, dry dust on some of the slopes in the region.
Location near: 6.8°S, 158.5°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Southern Spring

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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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