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Oudemans Layers

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1263, 27 October 2005

Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows outcrops of light-toned, layered rock exposed in the central peak of Oudemans Crater, near the Labyrinthus Noctis of the western Valles Marineris complex. The rocks in this August 2005 image were once below the ground and flat-lying. Now they are tilted on edge—a product of the impact that formed Oudemans Crater. Their regular layering and light tone suggest these might be ancient sedimentary rocks.
Location near: 10.0°S, 92.1°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Southern Spring

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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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