The dunes in Richardson crater, located at 72 degrees south latitude, are still covered in frost as seen by NASA's Mars Odyssey. The small dark spots are where the sun is beginning to remove the ice and reveal the darker dune materials below.
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Richardson Crater Dunes

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The dunes in Richardson crater, located at 72 degrees south latitude, are still covered in frost. The small dark spots are where the sun is beginning to remove the ice and reveal the darker dune materials below.

Orbit Number: 39979 Latitude: -72.2115 Longitude: 181.089 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-12-19 03:46

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.

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ID#:
PIA13849

Date added:
2011-02-11

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

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