[meteorite-list] Mars Global Surveyor Images - November 20-26, 2003

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:27:53 2004
Message-ID: <200311261713.JAA17717_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

November 20-26, 2003

The following new images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on
the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft are now available:

o Rocks Exposed on Slope in Aram Chaos (Released 20 November 2003)

o Cracked South Polar Plain (Released 21 November 2003)

o Crater Cluster Near Pathfinder (Released 22 November 2003)

 This October 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera
 (MOC) image shows a portion of a large cluster of small craters
 located northeast of the Mars Pathfinder landing site, on the
 plains scoured by the old Ares and Tiu Valles outflow channels.
 Clusters of craters such as these usually form as secondary
 impacts. Secondary impacts are the result of a larger, single
 meteor, asteroid, or cometary impact---the impact ejects debris
 that falls elsewhere and creates smaller, secondary craters. In
 other words, the material that hit the ground to form these craters
 did not come from space, it came from Mars. The craters are
 located near 19.9N, 33.3W. The image shows an area 3 km
 (1.9 mi) wide, and is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.

o Iberus Vallis Troughs (Released 23 November 2003)

o Multiple-Event Gully (Released 24 November 2003)

o Layers in Crater Wall (Released 25 November 2003)

 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows
 layers exposed in the upper wall of a meteor impact crater, and the dry
 talus that has been shed from this layered slope. This September 2003
 image is located near 30.2N, 272.8W. The image covers an area
 3 km (1.9 mi) wide, and is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.

o Elysium Mons Wind Streak (Released 26 November 2003)

All of the Mars Global Surveyor images are archived here:


Mars Global Surveyor was launched in November 1996 and has been
in Mars orbit since September 1997. It began its primary
mapping mission on March 8, 1999. Mars Global Surveyor is the
first mission in a long-term program of Mars exploration known as
the Mars Surveyor Program that is managed by JPL for NASA's Office
of Space Science, Washington, DC. Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS)
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.
Received on Wed 26 Nov 2003 12:13:56 PM PST

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