PIA20541: Colorful Polar Layered Deposits
 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
Other products from ESP_044706_2670
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA20541.tif (15.56 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA20541.jpg (1.428 MB)

Click on the image above to download a moderately sized image in JPEG format (possibly reduced in size from original)

Original Caption Released with Image:

Click here for larger version of PIA20541
Map Projected Browse Image
Click on the image for larger version

The North Polar layered deposits provide a record of recent climate changes on Mars. Color variations between layers are due to differences in composition of the dust that contaminates the ice, and differences in surface textures and residual seasonal frost.

Enhanced colors can also accentuate the subtle variations.

This is a stereo pair with ESP_044982_2670.

The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. 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.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Image Addition Date: