Most of the hills in this image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft have dark streaks thought to be where bright dust has been removed by sliding down the hillside.
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Down the Hill

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Most of the hills in this image have dark streaks marking the sides. These dark marks are thought to be where bright dust has been removed by sliding down the hillside, perhaps started by a rock rolling from the rim that was dislodged by gravity.

Orbit Number: 45096 Latitude: 23.1483 Longitude: 178.74 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-02-13 11:16

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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2001 Mars Odyssey

2001 Mars Odyssey

Thermal Emission Imaging System



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