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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Hecates Tholus Channels

Status Report From: NASAJPL/MSSS
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1012, 24 February 2005


NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows narrow channels and small impact craters on the north flank of the Elysium volcano, Hecates Tholus.
Location near: 34.0°N, 210.3°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Spring


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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