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:14:50
Latitude (centered):-27.179° Longitude (East):185.804°
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 upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:5.4° Phase angle:62.1°
Solar incidence angle:58°, with the Sun about 32° above the horizon Solar longitude:33.4°, Northern Spring

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