PIA04492: Meridiani Cliffs and Buttes
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Spacecraft: Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
Instrument: Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Product Size: 540 x 810 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-347, 1 May 2003

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image of layered sedimentary rock outcrops in northern Sinus Meridiani shows several buttes and ridges formed in rock that is somewhat resistant to erosion. The circular feature near the bottom of the picture is an old impact crater that was filled, then buried within the layered material, then later partially exhumed. The sinuous ridge and small buttes to the right of the exhumed crater are composed of the same rock materials that once buried the crater. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide near 2.3N, 353.6W. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2003-05-02