Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Layers in Holden Crater

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


Layered martian sedimentary rock in some locations is expressed as alternating bands of light- and dark-toned material. Outcrops of this type are especially common in Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) images of Holden Crater at 26.5°S, 33.9°W. The smooth, almost rounded slope in which these layers are exposed is reminiscent of the colorful layers in rocks of the Painted Desert in Arizona, U.S.A. This picture is illuminated from the lower right. For additional information about the picture, taken in July 1999, see "Alternating Light- and Dark-toned Layers in Holden Crater," MOC2-262, 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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