NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Exhuming Craters 08-01-2005


Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1168, 30 July 2005


NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a wind-eroded landscape in the Amazonis Mensa region of far western Tharsis. Two meteor impact craters that formed in--and then were buried by--rock are now found in a state of partial-exhumation from within the wind-eroded material.
Location near: 2.0°N, 147.3°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern 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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