Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Valles Marineris Features

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-882, 17 October 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned, ripple-like, windblown bedforms and ridges with dark talus accumulations on their slopes in the western portion of the vast Valles Marineris trough system. These features are located near Oudemans Crater around 7.6°S, 91.2°W. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and sunlight illuminates the scene 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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