NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
West Candor Chasma, one of the wide troughs of the great Valles Marineris canyon system, exhibits some of the most spectacular, varied, and extensive layered rock outcrops on Mars. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows some of the layers of sedimentary rock exposed in west Candor Chasma near 5.9°S, 75.6°W. The picture covers an area approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) wide; sunlight illuminates the scene from the left/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.