- Press Release
- Dec 2, 2022
NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Coprates Outcrop
Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-783, 10 July 2004
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Light-toned, layered rock outcrops occur in small
patches as well as large regional exposures within
the chasms of the Valles Marineris system.
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a small area of layered outcrop in the floor
of Coprates Chasma. The image is located
near 14.0°S, 64.0°W, and
covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. The scene is
illuminated by sunlight from the left/upper 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.