Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera
Layers of Cratered Highland Bedrock Exposed in Amenthes Slope
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-115, 11 April 1999
One of the highlights of the Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera
project thus far has been the realization that much of the upper
crust--i.e., the bedrock--is layered. This dramatic view of
a slope in the Amenthes Rupes region near the martian equator shows
layered bedrock, smooth-surfaced debris at the slope base, and many
small ripple-like dunes. The picture was taken during the second
week of April 1999 and covers an area 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) wide.
Illumination is from the lower right.
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,
CA. 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, CA
and Denver, CO.
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