Dark slope streaks, like the ones in this unnamed crater in Terra Sabaea, are believed to be formed when surface dust is displaced and the darker rock below is exposed. Rocks falling due to gravity likely formed these streaks.

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Dark slope streaks, like the ones in this unnamed crater in Terra Sabaea, are believed to be formed when surface dust is displaced and the darker rock below is exposed. Rocks falling due to gravity likely formed these streaks.

Orbit Number: 36040 Latitude: 15.8886 Longitude: 45.7188 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-01-28 21:01

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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