Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Schiaparelli cPROTO

By SpaceRef Editor
February 7, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-995, 7 February 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
image of layered sedimentary rock in a crater in
northwestern Schiaparelli basin was acquired using the
cPROTO technique
described previously on
27 September 2004.
MOC cPROTO images provide rare glimpses of the
martian surface at the highest resolution ever achieved
from orbit–in this case, nearly 50 centimeters (~20 inches)
per pixel. The finely-layered rock shown here, and the repeated
nature of the layers in the rock, are clues that these sediments
may have been deposited in an intracrater lake.

Location near: 0.2°S, 345.7°W

150 m scale bar = ~164 yards

Illumination from: upper right

Season: Southern 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.