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NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Buttes near Meridiani

By SpaceRef Editor
April 3, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1050, 3 April 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows buttes and two eroded impact craters on the plains west of Sinus Meridiani. The buttes and bedrock here are composed of light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock similar to the bedrock at the Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, site. The layers can be seen in the walls of the two large, dark-floored craters.

Location near: 0.5°N, 8.0°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: upper left

Season: Northern Summer

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.

SpaceRef staff editor.