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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Streaked Plain

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1363, 4 February 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 dark streaks created by dust devils on a plain southwest of Hellas Planitia. Based on the width and the length of individual streaks in this scene, it is clear that not all dust devils are created equally.
Location near: 55.8°S, 317.5°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper 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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