Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

South Polar Pit Gullies

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-673, 22 March 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows gullies and slopes in the walls of a deep pit in the south polar region. The full-resolution (1.5 m/pixel; 5 ft./pixel) image is located near 71.1°S, 358.8°W, and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across. 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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