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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Impact Crater

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1274, 7 November 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 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

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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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