Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Cratered Hill in Amazonis

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-602, 11 January 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Looking somewhat like a martian moon that has been plunked down into a rough-texured but otherwise flat plain, this Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an old, cratered hill was once part of the rim of a meteor impact crater. The crater has been both eroded away and partly filled and buried beneath the rugged plains. The hill is interpreted to be considerably older than the plains, because it has considerably more small meteor craters than the surrouding terrain. This hill is located near 23.0°N, 166.5°W. The image covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated by sunlight from the lower 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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