Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Melas Sedimentary Rocks

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-832, 28 August 2004

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock outcrops are common within the vast martian Valles Marineris trough system. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a recent example from southern Melas Chasma at 1.5 m/pixel (5 ft/pixel) resolution. The image is located near 11.3°S, 73.9°W, and covers an area about 1.8 km (1.1 mi) across. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left.

Tips for Media Use

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.

To MSSS Home Page