Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Large, Windblown Ripples

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-447, 9 August 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the plethora of large, windblown ripples (or small dunes) among wind-sculpted sedimentary rocks in eastern Candor Chasma. Candor Chasma is one of the troughs of the Valles Marineris, a system of chasms that would stretch all the way across North America if it were on Earth. This picture is located near 7.9°S, 64.9°W. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left/upper left.

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.

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