Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera
Martian Variety Exhibited by the Olympica Fossae
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-108, 6 April 1999
The Olympica Fossae are a collection of troughs and
depressions located in northern Tharsis, south of the Alba Patera
volcano. The Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera has been
sending back unprecedented, spectacular views of this region. The
Olympica Fossae are especially interesting because they show
landforms that run the entire range of things seen elsewhere on Mars.
This picture shows many examples, including
layered outcrops in canyon walls, evenly-spaced dunes on
the canyon floors, dark landslide streaks on the canyon walls, pits
formed by ground collapse, and streamlined forms related to the flow
of water, mud, or lava.
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,
CA. 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, CA
and Denver, CO.
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