PIA09673: Dark-Toned Ridges in Meridiani

Dark-Toned Ridges in Meridiani


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This HiRISE image ( PSP_003379_1835 ) is along the rim of an impact crater in Meridiani and shows a lighter-toned base unit with more resistant dark-toned ridges on top.

Both units exhibit complex fracture patterns. Also evident are old dune fields that have been solidified and then fractured, as well as younger, non-solidified dune fields.

More recently, the entire area has been deeply eroded by the wind.

Observation Toolbox
Acquisition date: 4 April 2007
Local Mars time: 3:34 PM
Degrees latitude (centered): 3.3°
Degrees longitude (East): 357.1°
Range to target site: 271.6 km (169.7 miles)
Original image scale range: 27.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~82 cm across are resolved
Map-projected scale: 25 cm/pixel and north is up
Emission angle: 0.1°
Phase angle: 56.3°
Solar incidence angle: 56°, with the Sun about 34° above the horizon
Solar longitude: 220.3°, Northern Autumn

Background Info:

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is operated by the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the instrument was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp., Boulder, Colo.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars Sun
System Mars
Target Type Planet Sun
Mission Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument Host Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Extra Keywords Crater, Dune, Grayscale, Infrared, Map
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2007-05-02
Date in Caption 2007-04-04
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA09673
Identifier PIA09673