Bedding Details in Layered Rock
NASA/JPL/UArizona
Bedding Details in Layered Rock
ESP_017174_1730  Science Theme: Sedimentary/Layering Processes
This beautiful image shows terrific layers and exposed bedrock along a cliff in west Candor Chasma, which is part of the extensive Valles Marineris canyon system.

A Context Camera (CTX) image of this area showed that the strata is not entirely horizontal, and that there may be crossed beds, or lenses pinching out, or some other texture/structure that might give a clue as to the depositional setting of the sediment that makes up these layers.

This image shows the area in greater detail and resolution, so we can compare what we have gleaned from CTX and Mars Orbiter Camera images to develop a better understanding of what we're looking at and how to interpret the past history of the region.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team (narration: Tre Gibbs)  (16 October 2013)
 
Acquisition date
26 March 2010

Local Mars time
15:10

Latitude (centered)
-6.789°

Longitude (East)
285.080°

Spacecraft altitude
261.5 km (162.5 miles)

Original image scale range
26.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~78 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle
1.0°

Phase angle
56.3°

Solar incidence angle
55°, with the Sun about 35° above the horizon

Solar longitude
69.2°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  40.1°
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POSTSCRIPT
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.