PIA05937: Large Ripples in Cerberus
 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:  836 x 1254 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-730
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA05937.tif (1.05 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA05937.jpg (214.7 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

18 May 2004
Mars is a desert planet, upon which wind has a great influence on the expression of its surface materials. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows large ripples (or small dunes) of windblown sediment among hills in the southeastern Cerberus region near 11.0N, 199.5W. Ripple orientations vary throughout the scene, indicating that dominant winds are influenced by the interplay of wind and local topographic features such as craters and hills. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated by sunlight from the left/lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-05-18