Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Layers in Tithonium

By SpaceRef Editor
December 10, 2003
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-570, 10 December 2003

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
picture shows eroded layered bedrock outcrops in the upper
walls of one of the depressions in the Tithonium Chasma
trough system. Tithonium Chasma is one of the canyons of
the Valles Marineris, a vast gouge that—if it occurred
on Earth—would span the distance from Los Angeles, California,
to New York City. The Valles Marineris canyons were not
carved by running water, instead they formed mostly by the combined
forces of faulting and mass movement (landslides) as gravity eroded
materials from the walls. This image is
located near 4.2°S, 85.1°W.
The image covers an area approximately 3 km
(1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated from the lower 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.