Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Large Windblown Ripples

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-519, 20 October 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This April 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) high resolution image shows a depression in the martian southern cratered highlands near 1.3°S, 244.3°W. The floor of the depression and some nearby craters are covered by large windblown ripples or small sand dunes. This image of ancient martian terrain covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

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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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