Mass Wasting is the term given to the process of change on a surface due to gravity (things moving downhill due to the force of gravity). Dark streaks mark the slopes of craters and hills in this region of Amazonis Planitia.

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Mass Wasting is the term given to the process of change on a surface due to gravity -- i.e., things moving downhill due to the force of gravity. Dark streaks mark the slopes of craters and hills in this region of Amazonis Planitia. The streaks are caused by dust being displaced by an object (rock) rolling downhill.

Orbit Number: 43710 Latitude: 8.40411 Longitude: 183.638 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-10-22 09:29

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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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