Welcome to the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) Image Gallery! This site contains
the pictures of Mars acquired by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) orbiter
through August 2000.

  • http://www.msss.com/moc_gallery/

    MOC is operated daily at Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS). MOC consists of
    three cameras: A narrow angle system that provides grayscale high resolution
    views of the planet’s surface (1.5 to 12 m/pixel in the Mapping Phase of the
    mission), and red and blue wide angle cameras that provide daily global
    weather monitoring, context images to determine where the narrow angle views
    were actually acquired, and regional coverage to monitor variable surface
    features such as polar frost and wind streaks. Most of the high resolution
    images are obtained by careful planning and inspection of predicted MGS
    orbits by Mars scientists working at and/or visiting MSSS. The company is
    also responsible for archiving the data once they are received on Earth.

    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.