Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

September 17, 2001, updated October 16, 2001, November 4, 2001

Preprint of upcoming MGS MOC paper for the Journal of Geophysical Research
Special Issue on the results of Mars Global Surveyor

On October 25, 2001, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) published a special issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research that features results from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Primary Mission. (The table of contents for the MGS Special Issue is listed HERE by AGU).

The preprint of our paper regarding MGS MOC image results, listed below, has been removed from our web site because the paper is now published and copyright belongs to the American Geophysical Union. Copies of the article, along with the entire MGS special issue, may be purchased from the American Geophysical Union or found in university libraries across the U.S.

The MOC paper includes 137 illustrations and text summarizing the MGS Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) operations and high resolution imaging results. The article describes how the MOC instrument was operated between the time it was launched in November 1996, through the end of the Primary Mission in January 2001. The figures are taken from all phases of the mission, and illustrate the range of landforms observed by MOC, including polar caps, volcanoes, layers, gullies, and dunes.

This work may be referenced as follows:

Malin, M. C., and K. S. Edgett, The Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera:
Interplanetary Cruise through Primary Mission, Journal of Geophysical
Research, v. 106, no. E10, pp. 23429-23570, 2001.

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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