PIA06306: Hellas Banded Terrain
 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 (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-759
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA06306.tif (678.3 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA06306.jpg (210.5 kB)

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16 June 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the banded southeastern floor of the giant impact basin, Hellas. Hellas Planitia is a large and varied region. In southeastern Hellas, banded terrain is fairly common. The pattern probably results from erosion of layered sediment that was subsequently covered by a mantling material. This mantling material later was eroded and roughened the terrain somewhat. This image is located near 41.1S, 275.6W. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across; sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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