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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Olympica Fossae

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1438, 20 April 2006

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 complex pattern of intersecting and overlapping troughs in the Olympica Fossae region of northern Tharsis. Some combination of floods, lava flows, and faulting/tectonic activity contributed to this scene, followed by mantling by dust. Dark streaks on slopes in the troughs were formed by dust avalanches.
Location near: 24.8°N, 114.8°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Winter

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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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