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Mars Orbiter Camera

Autumn Dunes

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1538, 29 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 a field of dark sand dunes in an unnamed crater in the Noachis Terra/Hellespontus region of Mars. In southern autumn, the skies are generally clear and the sun comes in at a steep enough angle that martian dunes look especially striking.
Location near: 43.6°S, 320.4°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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