Colorful Streaks
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Colorful Streaks
ESP_016136_1525  Science Theme: Geologic Contacts/Stratigraphy
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This is an image of the central pit of an impact crater in the ancient highlands.

The central uplifts of large impact craters often collapse to form pits on Mars, but they are still structural uplifts and often expose deep bedrock with diverse rock types which have a variety of colors.

In this enhanced color subimage, we see colorful streaks, where the bedrock is eroding, moving downhill a bit, then getting swept by the wind.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (20 January 2010)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_020105_1525.

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Acquisition date
04 January 2010

Local Mars time:

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Range to target site
257.8 km (161.1 miles)

Original image scale range
25.8 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~77 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle:

Phase angle:

Solar incidence angle
58°, with the Sun about 32° above the horizon

Solar longitude
33.4°, Northern Spring

North azimuth:

Sub-solar azimuth:
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

Black and white
map-projected   (573MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (269MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (281MB)
non-map           (308MB)

IRB color
map projected  (91MB)
non-map           (262MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (134MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (127MB)

RGB color
non map           (256MB)
Map-projected, reduced-resolution
Full resolution JP2 download
Anaglyph details page

B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products

IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
About color products (PDF)

Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

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