PIA03690: North Polar Dunes
 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:  601 x 1476 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1351
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA03690.tif (888.2 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA03690.jpg (120 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

23 January 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows dark sand dunes in the north polar region of Mars. Surrounding much of the north polar ice cap are fields of sand dunes. In this case, the strongest winds responsible for the dunes blew off the polar cap (not seen here), from the north-northwest (upper left).

Location near: 76.5N, 63.7W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Summer

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2006-01-23