The dark markings in this image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft are tracks made by the passage of 'dust devils.' Dust devils are common in the extensive plains of the northern latitudes. This image is located in Utopia Planitia.
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Dust Devil Tracks

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The dark markings in this VIS image are tracks made by the passage of "dust devils". Dust devils are common in the extensive plains of the northern latitudes. This image is located in Utopia Planitia.

Orbit Number: 53315 Latitude: 55.0129 Longitude: 91.1792 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2013-12-20 20:43

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#:
PIA17964

Date added:
2014-02-11

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU