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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Memnonia Landscape

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1507, 28 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 a contact between a dust-covered plain and a dust-mantled, textured upland in the Memnonia Sulci region of Mars. The dominant landforms in this scene are yardangs—they are the product of extensive wind erosion of a relatively poorly-consolidated, sand-bearing material (e.g., deposits of volcanic ash or poorly cemented sedimentary rocks).
Location near: 9.3°S, 172.9°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Autumn

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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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