PIA07282: Dark 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:  672 x 1279 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-977
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA07282.tif (746.6 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA07282.jpg (55.85 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

20 January 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image, acquired during northern summer in December 2004, shows dark, windblown sand dunes in the north polar region of Mars. A vast sea of sand dunes nearly surrounds the north polar cap. These landforms are located near 80.3N, 144.1W. Light-toned features in the image are exposures of the substrate that underlies the dune field. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2005-01-20