PIA00386: Example of Weathering And Sun Angle

Example of Weathering And Sun Angle


The letter 'B' or perhaps the figure '8' appears to have been etched into the Mars rock at the left edge of this picture taken yesterday by the Viking 1 Lander. It is believed to be an illusion caused by weathering processes and the angle of the sun as it illuminated the scene for the spacecraft camera. The object at lower left is the housing containing the surface sampler scoop.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars Sun
System Mars
Target Type Planet Sun
Mission Viking
Instrument Host Viking 1 Lander
Host Type Lander
Instrument Camera 1
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-12-12
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00386
Identifier PIA00386