Mars orbiter shoots oblique view of Olympus Mons
Posted: October 11, 2003

Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
This is a red camera wide angle view of the giant martian volcano, Olympus Mons, acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC). The volcano is large enough to cover much of the U.S. state of New Mexico. This view was taken looking west toward the sunward limb of the planet. The limb is the horizon to the left; the dark band is outer space. Sunlight illuminates this scene from the lower left.

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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