Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Sedimentary Rocks in Ladon Vallis

By SpaceRef Editor
January 25, 2004
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-616, 25 January 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This is a Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
picture of an outcrop of light-toned, layered, sedimentary
rock exposed by erosion in Ladon Vallis. These rocks preserve
clues to the martian past. However, like books in a library,
one needs to go there and check them out if one wishes
to read what the layers have to say.
This November 2003 picture is located
near 21.1°S, 29.8°W, and covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi.) wide.
Sunlight illuminates the scene from the 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.