Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Layered Bedrock in Oyama Crater near Mawrth Valles

Layered rock exposed in Oyama Crater in HiRISE image ESP_016829_2040 provides information about bedding style and expression immediately beneath the ground at the candidate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) field site next to Mawrth Vallis.

This new observation on the west wall of the same crater further reveals these layered rocks for comparison with what we see on the north wall. These images serve to characterize the geologic setting of the potential landing site and rover explorations.

MSL is expected to launch in late 2011, landing on Mars in 2012. Mawrth Vallis is one of four candidate landing sites.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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