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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

South Polar Mesas

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1267, 31 October 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 irregular-shaped mesas in the south polar region of Mars. The bright patches are the remains of seasonal frost. During winter and most of spring, this entire scene would have been covered by carbon dioxide frost.
Location near: 79.2°S, 298.6°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper 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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