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Stack of Layers at 'Payson' in Meridiani Planum
Stack of Layers at 'Payson' in Meridiani Planum

The stack of fine layers exposed at a ledge called "Payson" on the western edge of "Erebus Crater" in Mars' Meridiani Planum shows a diverse range of primary and secondary sedimentary textures formed billions of years ago. These structures likely result from an interplay between windblown and water-involved processes.

The panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity acquired the exposures for this image on the rover's 749th Martian day (March 3, 2006). This view is an approximately true-color rendering mathematically generated from separate images taken through all of the left Pancam's 432-nanometer to 753-nanometer filters.

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