NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Light-toned, layered rock outcrops occur in small patches as well as large regional exposures within the chasms of the Valles Marineris system. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a small area of layered outcrop in the floor of Coprates Chasma. The image is located near 14.0°S, 64.0°W, and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. The scene is illuminated by sunlight from the left/upper 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.