Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Layers in West Candor Chasma

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-265A, 4 December 2000


This is a portion of the first image acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) that hinted at a larger story of layered sedimentary rock on Mars. Obtained during the first month that MGS was in its mapping orbit, March 1999, this picture shows an area in southwestern Candor Chasma (near 6.4°S 77.1°W) of extensive outcroppings of layers with regular thickness. Each layer is about 10 m (11 yds) thick and suggests a dynamic depositional environment as might be found in a body of water. The picture is illuminated from the upper left. For additional information about this picture, see "Layered Outcrops of Far West Candor Chasma," MOC2-259, December 4, 2000.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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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