PIA04794: Pavonis Wind Streaks
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: 672 x 1008 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-512, 13 October 2003

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows wind tails and streaks formed in fine sediment that mantles the upper southwest slopes of the equatorial volcano, Pavonis Mons. On the large martian volcanoes, winds tend to blow downslope. The streaks shown here are evidence of the powerful ability for the thin atmosphere over the martian volcanoes to transport sediment. This picture is located near 0.1N, 113.8W, and covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. The image is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2003-10-14