Sunday, September 14, 2014

Murray Buttes Mesa

This image, taken with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, shows a mesa within the "Murray Buttes" area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock. This mesa, which likely represents a remnant of crater floor sediments, lies on top of the sedimentary rocks of the Murray Formation. NASA's Curiosity rover will be exploring this formation.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Note: For more information, see PIA18784: Bands on the 'Murray Formation' and PIA18785: Geological Transition.

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