Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Gale Sedimentary Rocks

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1062, 15 April 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows outcroppings of layered, sedimentary rock in eastern Gale Crater. North-central Gale Crater is the site of a mound that is more than several kilometers thick and largely composed of sedimentary rocks that record a complex history of deposition and erosion. At one time, Gale Crater might have been completely filled and buried beneath the martian surface.
Location near: 4.9°S, 221.6°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Winter

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