Layered rock East of Oyama Crater and just west of Mawrth Vallis in HiRISE image ESP_016829_2040 provides information about bedding style and expression immediately beneath the ground at a candidate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) field site.
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.
Written by: Alfred McEwen (29 September 2010)
This is a stereo pair with ESP_019664_2035 .
More info and image formats at http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/ESP_018820_2035
Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona