Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Troughs in Tharsis

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1133, 25 June 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a dust-covered landscape in northern Tharsis, including several troughs formed by faults as the crust in the region expanded, long ago.
Location near: 25.8°N, 98.2°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Autumn

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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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