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Diverse exposed surface mineralogy around the Jezero delta

Diverse exposed surface mineralogy around the Jezero delta

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Diverse exposed surface mineralogy around the Jezero delta
A preserved river delta in Jezero crater, Mars as imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The colors denote the presence of different types of materials formed or altered by water.

The ancient river that flowed into Jezero crater ferried clay-like minerals (shown in green) into the lake, forming the delta. Clays tend to trap and preserve organic matter, making the delta a good place to look for signs of ancient life. The Mars Perseverance rover will land near this delta.

MRO's CRISM instrument was used to determine the mineral types around this the delta, which was then overlaid over an image captured by the spacecraft's Context Camera (CTX).

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about July 16, 2008

Explore related images: Mars 2020, BMSIL, photo taken from space, Mars, water on Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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