PIA04736: North Polar Dune Patterns
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: 601 x 902 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-478, 9 September 2003

Dark, windblown sand forms spectacular geometric patterns in the north polar sand seas, particularly in regions where strong winds converge from different directions over the course of a year. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows some of these dark dune patterns near 77.8N, 284.4W. The picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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