NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layered outcrops of sediment deposited in southern Chryse Planitia by flow through the Hypanis Valles system in Xanthe Terra. The distinct inverted boat hull-shaped ridges are yardangs formed by wind erosion. These materials are located near 11.9°N, 45.5°W. The image covers an area approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated by sunlight 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.