Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Ius Chasma Fault

By SpaceRef Editor
July 8, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-4145 8 July 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a “text-book example” of an offset in layered rock caused by a fault. The offset is most easily seen near the upper right of the image. The martian crust is faulted, and the planet has probably experienced “earthquakes” (or, marsquakes) in the past. This scene is located on the floor of Ius Chasma near 7.8°S, 80.6°W. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the 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.

SpaceRef staff editor.