Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Layers and Streaks

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-932, 6 December 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an outcrop of light-toned layered rock and a plethora of dark streaks on the floor of a crater in southern Noachis Terra. The streaks were created by dozens of dust devils which disrupted and perhaps removed some of the thin layer of dust that coats the surface. This view is located near 55.5°S, 333.4°W. The scene is illuminated by sunlight from the lower right. The 500 meter scale bar is approximately 547 yards long.

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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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