As the sun warms the surface and more frost is removed, the dunes and other features near the north pole of Mars are revealed. This image from NASA's Mars Odyssey shows that the inter-dune areas are complex.
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North Polar Dunes

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As the sun warms the surface and more frost is removed, the dunes and other features near the north pole of Mars are revealed. This VIS image shows that the inter-dune areas are complex.

Orbit Number: 38296 Latitude: 79.184 Longitude: 143.729 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-08-02 14:58

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

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.

Image details

ID#:
PIA13377

Date added:
2010-09-08

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU