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Mars Orbiter Camera

East Arabia Mesas

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1266, 30 October 2005

Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows mesas and other eroded landforms in eastern Arabia Terra, near Huo Hsing Vallis. Arabia Terra is generally a cratered terrain that has been severely eroded, although the causes of the erosion—and where all the material went when it was removed—are not known.
Location near: 27.3°N, 293.2°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower 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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