Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Gullies and Sand

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-941, 15 December 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows gullies running down a slope on the side of a mesa in a pit in the south polar region of Mars. The dark material in this scene is windblown sand. These landforms are located near 70.9°S, 357.3°W. The image covers an area approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated by sunlight 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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