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Mars Orbiter Camera

Outcrops in Aram

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1320, 23 December 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 light-toned rock outcrops, mesas, and buttes in Aram Chaos. Located immediately west of Ares Vallis, Aram Chaos is a large, nearly-filled impact basin. The sedimentary materials that filled the basin have been lithified—that is, hardened to form rock.
Location near: 2.8°N, 20.0°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Winter

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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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