Dust Devils on Mars
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Dust Devils on Mars
ESP_014426_2070  Science Theme: Aeolian Processes
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This beautiful observation shows a gorgeous pattern of dust devil tracks.

Just like on Earth, they often expose materials just underneath the surface, which in this case, makes for stunning patterns.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team   (14 October 2009)

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Acquisition date:24 August 2009 Local Mars time:14:09
Latitude (centered):26.659° Longitude (East):62.810°
Range to target site:284.9 km (178.1 miles)Original image scale range:57.0 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~171 cm across are resolved
Map projected scale:50 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:0.3° Phase angle:51.3°
Solar incidence angle:51°, with the Sun about 39° above the horizon Solar longitude:326.8°, Northern Winter

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