Colorful Bedrock

This image covers diverse surface units on the floor of eastern Coprates Chasma in eastern Valles Marineris.

The bedrock has diverse minerals producing wonderful color contrasts . In over 10 years of orbiting Mars, HiRISE has acquired nearly 50,000 large images, but they cover less than 3 percent of the Martian surface.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (3 May 2017)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona