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MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1503, 24 June 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 dust-mantled, layered remnants of sedimentary rock exposed by erosion on the floor of an unnamed crater located northeast of Crommelin Crater in Arabia Terra. Many of the low-lying areas separating the exposures are occupied by large, windblown ripples and, in some areas, by dark-toned, windblown sand.
Location near: 8.3°N, 7.2°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Northern Spring

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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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