PIA04575: Richardson Dunes in Summer
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Spacecraft: Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
Instrument: Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Product Size: 540 x 810 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-393, 16 June 2003

This is a late southern summer Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) view of the sand dune field in Richardson Crater. In winter and spring, the dunes are covered by carbon dioxide frost. Dozens of MOC images acquired over the past several Mars years (available in the MOC Gallery) show the progression of defrosting patterns on this dune field. In summer, there is no carbon dioxide frost. Small dark streaks on some of the dune slip face slopes are the sites of the most recent avalanches of sand. The slip faces also indicate that the general direction of sand transport is from right (east) to left (west). This image is near 72.4S, 180.6 W. The picture is illuminated from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2003-06-16