PIA07184: Layers and Exhuming Crater
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: 512 x 1053 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
Producer ID: MOC2-956
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Original Caption Released with Image:

30 December 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a portion of an old impact crater that was filled, buried, and is now being exhumed from within sedimentary rock strata located in western Arabia Terra, the region immediately north of Meridiani Planum. The Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, has explored sedimentary rocks in the Meridiani region; the rocks of nearby western Arabia can only be explored (for the time being) from orbit. Wind has sculpted some of the layered rock into streamlined forms known as yardangs. The crater shown here, at one time, may have been the site of a small lake. The crater is located near 8.4N, 5.7W. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-12-30