NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Outcrops of layered rock abound in the "grand canyon of Mars," the Valles Marineris. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image provides an example from the upper northeast wall of Ius Chasma. This picture is located near 7.7°S, 76.1°W. The picture is 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and illuminated by sunlight from the 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.