Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera Image Gallery
Contains more than 212,000 Images!
Welcome to the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) Image Gallery! This site contains all of the pictures of Mars acquired by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) orbiter through September 2005.
NOTE: MOC data for the period, October 2005 – March 2006, have been archived with the NASA PDS. In addition, MOC data for the period between April 2006 and the end of the MGS mission have been shipped to the NASA PDS, as well. However, we have not yet posted them in the MOC Gallery. All MOC data acquired from Mars orbit have been sent to the NASA PDS: http://ida.wr.usgs.gov/.
MOC is operated daily at Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS). MOC consists of three cameras: A narrow angle system that provides grayscale high resolution views of the planet's surface (typically, 1.5 to 12 meters/pixel), and red and blue wide angle cameras that provide daily global weather monitoring, context images to determine where the narrow angle views were actually acquired, and regional coverage to monitor variable surface features such as polar frost and wind streaks. Most of the high resolution images are obtained by careful planning and inspection of predicted MGS orbits by Mars scientists working at and/or visiting MSSS. The company is also responsible for archiving the data once they are received on Earth.
To view MOC images, select one of the three categories below, and begin
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.