NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
|This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the inverted, eroded remains of a channel—now standing as a complex ridge that runs across the middle of this scene—in dust-mantled terrain west of Sinus Meridiani, Mars. The original channel might have been carved by running water, but too little detail remains today to provide any certainty as to whether water was the culprit.|
|Location near: 5.6°N, 7.6°W|
|Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)|
|Illumination from: upper left|
|Season: Northern Spring|
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.