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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Malea Patera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1510, 1 July 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 dusty terrain near the west rim of Malea Patera, located southwest of Hellas Planitia. The circular feature near the left (west) edge of the image is a filled and partially exhumed (and nearly inverted) impact crater which still shows a well-defined, raised rim. The dark streaks that run across the scene are tracks left by passing spring and summertime dust devils—a common occurrence in this area.
Location near: 63.4°S, 312.5°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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