With the extensive amount of dust and sandy materials on Mars, dunes are a pervasive feature. Many dunes are small, like the ones in this image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The bright 'squiggles' in this image are small dunes.
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Small Dunes

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With the extensive amount of dust and sandy materials on Mars, dunes are a pervasive feature. Many dunes are small, like the ones in this VIS image. The bright "squiggles" in this image are small dunes. The large hill is actually part of a long, ridge system called Oenotria Scapuli.

Orbit Number: 42604 Latitude: -5.89205 Longitude: 68.8747 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-07-23 06:03

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#:
PIA14567

Date added:
2011-09-06

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU