This infrared image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows part of the dune field on the floor of Rabe Crater. The dunes are 'brighter' than the surrounding material, indicating that they are warmer.

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This IR image shows part of the dune field on the floor of Rabe Crater. The dunes are "brighter" than the surrounding material, indicating that they are warmer. In visible wavelength images the dunes are dark, because they are comprised of basaltic sand.

Orbit Number: 51694 Latitude: -41.6772 Longitude: 34.5902 Instrument: IR Captured: 2013-08-09 10:00

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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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