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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Aeolis Yardangs

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1340, 12 January 2006

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 a group of tapered ridges, known as yardangs, which formed by wind erosion of a relatively easily-eroded material, most likely sedimentary rock or volcanic ash deposits containing some fraction of sand-sized grains.
Location near: 6.1°S, 210.8°W
Image width: ~2 km (~1.2 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Southern 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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