The main agent of erosion on Mars today is the wind. Wind has sculpted the surface in this region into a set of hills and valleys called yardangs on Earth. This image is from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft.
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The main agent of erosion on Mars today is the wind. Wind has sculpted the surface in this region into a set of hills and valleys called yardangs on Earth.

Orbit Number: 43350 Latitude: -1.44777 Longitude: 153.01 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-09-22 16:24

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#:
PIA14899

Date added:
2011-10-11

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

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