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Great Zoom into Distributary Fan, Mars

This is a Great Zoom into the so-called Distributary Fan on Mars. It is located just northeast of Holden Crater. As seen from Martian orbit by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) flying on the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft, this dramatic visualization shows us where liquid water likely flowed across the Martian surface sometime in the planet's past.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Marte Newcombe (GST): Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
James Garvin (NASA/HQ): Scientist
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Writer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, and NASA/JPL/MSSS (

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Mars Global Surveyor - MGS

Data Used:
Viking/Images/True Color None
MGS/MOC Narrow Angle: 2003/11

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Great Zooms
Earth-Mars Comparisons

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