Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Windblown Dunes

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1175, 6 August 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows shows a suite of small, dark sand dunes on the floor of a crater in western Arabia Terra. The winds responsible for these dunes generally blow from the east/southeast (right/lower right).
Location near: 6.3°N, 349.6°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Northern Summer

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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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