PIA04897: Work of Wind on Pavonis Mons
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: 512 x 768 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-558, 28 November 2003

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture presents a high resolution view of the thick, dust-mantled surface of the upper west flank of the volcano, Pavonis Mons. Strong slope winds move and redistribute some of the fine sediment on the surface of this volcano, creating a pattern of light and dark wind streaks. The cluster of craters near the center of the image, for example, have bright tails that indicate winds blew from the lower left (southwest) toward upper right (northeast). This image is located near 0.7N, 113.4W. The image covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide, and is illuminated by sunlight from the left/lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2003-12-03