Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Context Camera (CTX)

Layered Rocks near Mawrth Vallis

MRO CTX Release No. CTX-10, 16 October 2006

CTX-10: Layered Rocks near Mawrth Vallis

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Image credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Mawrth Vallis is one of the oldest valleys on Mars, formed in and subsequently covered by layered rocks, from beneath which it is now being exhumed. The rocks surrounding the valley have been observed by the Omega spectrometer aboard the Mars Express spacecraft to include minerals with water bound within their structure. Thus, the Mawrth Vallis region is one of keen interest to the MRO CRISM team, which requested the above image (centered near 25.6°N, 19.4°W) in support of their observation during Transition Phase. This area was also discussed during the 16 October 2006 press conference, and the CRISM and HiRISE observations can be found at

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Malin Space Science Systems built and operates the CTX and MARCI onboard MRO at its facilities in San Diego, California. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory operates the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, California, and Denver, Colorado.

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