NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
West Candor is part of the vast Valles Marineris trough system. These chasms and canyons cut through ancient, layered bedrock. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows some of the layering revealed in the wall and on the upland surface outside of southwest Candor Chasma. This image is located near 6.7°S, 76.8°W. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the right/lower right.
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.