16 December 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the results of catastrophic flooding in Marte Vallis, Mars. Marte is the Spanish word for Mars. Many of the major valleys on the red planet are named for the word for "Mars" in the various languages of Earth. This image shows just a very small portion of the hundreds-of-kilometers-long Marte Vallis system.
Location near: 17.4°N, 174.7°
Image width: width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Winter