PIA03690: North Polar Dunes

North Polar Dunes


23 January 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows dark sand dunes in the north polar region of Mars. Surrounding much of the north polar ice cap are fields of sand dunes. In this case, the strongest winds responsible for the dunes blew off the polar cap (not seen here), from the north-northwest (upper left).

Location near : 76.5°N, 63.7°W
Image width : ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from : lower left
Season : Northern Summer

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars
System Mars
Target Type Planet
Mission Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Instrument Host Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Extra Keywords Dune, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-01-23
Date in Caption 2006-01-23
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03690
Identifier PIA03690