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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Inverted Channels

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1218, 18 September 2005

Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the inverted remains of several channels in a fan-like complex in the Aeolis region of Mars. The inverted channels are the flat-topped ridges that trend from lower right toward upper left (southeast to northwest). Other ridges, trending from lower left toward upper right (southwest to northeast) are yardangs, the products of wind erosion. The channels were inverted by erosion, as well -- the tops of these ridges were once the floor of the channels (or the tops of materials that filled the channels).
Location near: 5.1°S, 205.0°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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