PIA04171: East Candor's Rocks

East Candor’s Rocks


27 August 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned, layered rock outcrops found in eastern Candor Chasma, part of the vast Valles Marineris trough system. Rocks such as these have been known to occur in the Valles Marineris since the 1971-1972 Mariner 9 mission. Whether they formed in rock that was exposed by the opening (by faulting) of the Candor Chasma trough, or formed in the trough after it was formed, is a matter of on-going debate and discussion within the Mars science community.

Location near : 6.3°S, 69.3°W
Image width : width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from : lower left
Season : Southern Spring

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars
System Mars
Target Type Planet
Mission Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mariner
Instrument Host Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mariner 9
Host Type Orbiter Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2005-08-27
Date in Caption 2005-08-27
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04171
Identifier PIA04171