PIA05914: Rock Slide in Ophir
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
Producer ID: MOC2-719
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Original Caption Released with Image:

7 May 2004
The dark streaks, just left of center, on the steep slope in this Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image were formed by a relatively recent rock slide. The streak closest to the center of the image resolves into a series of small depressions, indicating the path of a large, rolling boulder. The rock slide is inferred to have been recent (i.e., within the past several Mars years) because it is so much darker than its surroundings--there has not been sufficient time for the streak surfaces to become mantled by dust. The other talus accumulations on this slope are most likely lighter in tone because they are older and coated with dust. These features are located in Ophir Chasma, part of the Valles Marineris trough system, near 4.2S, 74.0W. The picture is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-05-07