Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Clouds near Phlegra Montes

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-605, 14 January 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) wide angle red image shows mid-winter, afternoon cloud patterns over the northern end of the Phlegra Montes near 46°N, 192°W. The image, acquired in December 2003, covers an area approximately 579 km (354 mi) wide; sunlight illuminates the scene 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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