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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Collapse Pit

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1235, 29 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 a 1.5 meters (5 feet) per pixel view of a large collapse pit (and portions of several smaller pits) in the Tractus Fossae portion of the Tharsis region of Mars. Such collapses usually occur along faults formed by expansion and pulling apart of the planet's upper crust.
Location near: 22.5°N, 101.4°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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