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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Many-Layered Rock

Status Report From: NASAJPL/MSSS
Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1563, 23 August 2006

Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned, layered, sedimentary rocks in a crater in the northwestern part of Schiaparelli basin. The repetition of these horizontal layers suggests the sediments could have been deposited in an ancient crater lake.
Location near: 0.3°S, 345.6°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern 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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