PIA19129: Sedimentary Fans North of Mojave Crater
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
 Spacecraft:  Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
 Instrument:  HiRISE
 Product Size:  2880 x 1800 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of Arizona/HiRISE-LPL
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In this observation, does the morphology of these possible sedimentary fans match those found in Mojave Crater?

A high resolution image can be useful to determine systematic changes in boulder size (an indication of how much energy moved the sediment) or channel characteristics (e.g. width, depth) with distance from Mojave. Is fan stratigraphy, erosional state, and crater density consistent with Mojave as a source of the sediment?

Mojave Crater is special on Mars due to the evidence in and surrounding it that rain may have fallen there in Mars' past. Rain is thought to have been overwhelmingly, exceedingly rare in Mars' history, though a local rain event could have been caused by the heat of the impact that formed Mojave Crater.

Note: Mojave Crater is not pictured in this observation.

HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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