Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

A Martian Sampler

MGS MOC Release Nos. M0C2-227 to MOC2-233, 22 May 2000


The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) pictures and accompanying captions (select images below) were designed to illustrate some of the range of martian features and types of image data obtained by the MOC during the first six months that MGS was in its Mapping Orbit, from March 1999 through August 1999. These pictures accompany more than 25,000 additional pictures found in the NEW MSSS Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera Gallery. As of May 2000, all MOC data acquired through August 1999 have been validated by the MGS MOC Operations Team at Malin Space Science Systems and deposited for permanent archive with the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS). MGS data are archived at 6-month intervals.



Libya Montes




Melas Layers


North Pole


Melas Ridges


"Hot Cross Bun"


Images Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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, CA. 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, CA and Denver, CO.

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