PIA05024: Dust-Raising Event
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: 513 x 770 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
Producer ID: MOC2-589
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Original Caption Released with Image:

29 December 2003
Small dust storms are common in the south polar region during summer. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an example of a south polar dust-raising event caught by the narrow angle camera. The small, somewhat circular features at the lower right of the frame are pits in the martian surface. Moving from the bottom to top of the image, first there is a view of the pitted surface, followed by a zone of long, thin streamers of dust being lifted from the surface, followed by -- at the top one third of the image -- the billowy clouds of the dust storm. This image is important because it shows long, thin streamers of dust actually being raised from the martian surface to feed the dust storm. The picture is located near 87.0S, 170.6W. The area shown is about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide; sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-01-08