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Captioned Image Release No. MSSS-68 — 13 February 2009



Happy St. Valentine's Day from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) team!

This picture of a heart-shaped pit was taken on 26 February 2008 by the CTX camera aboard MRO. It is approximately 2 km long and is centered at 3.7°N, 29.9°W. The pit is one of many adjacent to Hydaspis Chaos, a jumbled topographic depression thought to have formed by collapse of the surface due to—perhaps—catastrophic release of groundwater. This picture is a sub-frame of CTX image P16_007428_1845_XN_04N029W_080226, taken during northern spring. North is to the upper left and illumination is from the lower left.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

To cite the image(s) and caption information in a paper or report:

Malin, M. C. and T. N. Harrison (2009), A Martian Valentine for 2009, Malin Space Science Systems Captioned Image Release, MSSS-68, link here.

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Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) built and operates the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mars Color Imager (MARCI) and Context Camera (CTX). MSSS also built and operated the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC). In addition, MSSS built the Mars Odyssey (ODY) Thermal Emission Imaging Spectrometer (THEMIS) Visible (VIS) camera subsystem, which shares optics with the thermal infrared instrument and is operated at Arizona State University (ASU). MSSS also built the suite of high resolution cameras aboard the 2009 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and has delivered four science cameras for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission and one for the 2011 Juno Mission to Jupiter. Currently, MSSS is working on a second set of cameras for the Curiosity rover and developing the Mars Global Imaging Experiment (MAGIE) camera for a joint ESA/NASA Mars Orbiter mission launching in 2016.