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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Aeolis Buttes

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1439, 21 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 group of dust-covered buttes in the Aeolis region of Mars. Dozens of dark slope streaks—created by dry avalanches of dust—extend from a variety of elevations toward the base of each butte. Large, dust-covered, windblown ripples surround the group and occupy some of the low-lying areas between individual buttes.
Location near: 1.5°S, 202.9°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Southern Summer

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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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