NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
|This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a meteor impact crater in northern Tharsis. This crater is a bit more than 2 kilometers wide—about twice the size of the famous Meteor Crater in northern Arizona, U.S.A. Many smaller craters can be seen superimposed upon the ~2 km diameter crater.|
|Location near: 34.4°N, 118.8°W|
|Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)|
|Illumination from: lower left|
|Season: Northern Autumn|
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.