Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Remnant Layered Rocks

By SpaceRef Editor
June 29, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-772, 29 June 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image shows a suite of small yardangs–wind eroded hills–on
the plains immediately west of Meridiani Planum. These yardangs
are the remains of layered, sedimentary rock that once covered
this area. The few craters visible in this 3 km (1.9 mi) -wide
scene are all exhumed from beneath the rocks that comprise
the yardang hills. The image is located
near 0.4°S, 7.2°W.
Sunlight illuminates the picture 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.