PIA06108: Northern Plains Scene
 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 1372 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1358
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA06108.tif (825.6 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA06108.jpg (294.6 kB)

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30 January 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a typical view of the martian northern plains during northern summer. In spring and summer, dust devils crisscross the plains, creating dark, filamentary streaks such as those shown here. MOC has rarely observed actual active dust devils on the northern plains, suggesting that these probably occur at a time of day that is different than the ~2 p.m. local time when MGS flies over these surfaces. As with high latitudes on Earth, daytime lasts longer in summer than at lower latitudes; thus, dust devils might occur earlier or later in the afternoon than is common in equatorial settings.

Location near: 69.5N, 66.5W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Summer

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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