Frost Avalanches on Steep Scarps
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Frost Avalanches on Steep Scarps
ESP_025010_2650  Science Theme: Climate Change
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This image was originally acquired in 2011 in order to monitor for frost avalanches that occurred the year prior.

HiRISE often re-images certain areas to track changes over time. In this case, we wanted to photograph the scarp near the onset of the Martian springtime, to get a better understanding of the frequency of these frost avalanches, what triggers them and any role they have in the evolution of the scarp's formation.

While HiRISE has captured other frost avalanches before, they never cease to amaze since it demonstrates that there are indeed active processes on the Red Planet.

This caption is based on the original science rationale.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team   (6 February 2013)

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Acquisition date
27 November 2011

Local Mars time:
12:33

Latitude (centered)
84.995°

Longitude (East)
151.528°

Range to target site
320.4 km (200.2 miles)

Original image scale range
32.1 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~96 cm across are resolved

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25 cm/pixel

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Polarstereographic

Emission angle:
0.5°

Phase angle:
71.1°

Solar incidence angle
71°, with the Sun about 19° above the horizon

Solar longitude
35.4°, Northern Spring

North azimuth:
123°

Sub-solar azimuth:
309.9°
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