PIA03672: Becquerel's Layers

Becquerel’s Layers


14 January 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock outcrops in Becquerel Crater in the western Arabia Terra region. The crater may once have hosted a lake, into which these sediments were deposited. Although the fine, detailed layering in Becquerel was not known until the MGS MOC first began to image these materials in 1999, the presence of a grossly-layered, light-toned feature was known from Viking orbiter images and was speculated from those data to possibly represent evidence for the presence of a former lake.

Location near : 21.5°N, 8.2°W
Image width : ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from : lower left
Season : Northern Winter

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars
System Mars
Target Type Planet
Mission Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Viking
Instrument Host Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Extra Keywords Crater, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-01-14
Date in Caption 2006-01-14
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03672
Identifier PIA03672