Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Layers in Candor

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-973, 16 January 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layered rocks--in some areas eroded by wind to form yardangs--in eastern Candor Chasma, one of the troughs of the Valles Marineris system. The circular feature near the center of the image is a filled and partially-exhumed impact crater. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left. These features are located near 8.1°S, 66.9°W.

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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.

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