Spiders in the Summer
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Spiders in the Summer
PSP_004748_0945  Science Theme: Seasonal Processes

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The south polar region of Mars contains numerous features dubbed "spiders." These are actually narrow shallow channels carved in the ground, probably by gas escaping as the seasonal dry ice cap sublimates (evaporates directly from solid ice to gas).

In the spring they are the source of fans of dust. In the summer, the dark fans are only barely discernible from the surface material, because they are the surface material. Dust gets blown to the top of—and deposited on— the seasonal layer of ice as the seasonal cap sublimates.

Although the fans fade away in the summer, the spider channels remain clearly visible (2254 x 1522; 3 MB). Small patches of bright seasonal ice still remain in a few places. Written by: Candy Hansen  (29 August 2007)

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Acquisition date
01 August 2007

Local Mars time:
16:53

Latitude (centered)
-85.413°

Longitude (East)
104.006°

Range to target site
246.4 km (154.0 miles)

Original image scale range
24.7 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~74 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel

Map projection
Polarstereographic

Emission angle:
0.9°

Phase angle:
65.4°

Solar incidence angle
65°, with the Sun about 25° above the horizon

Solar longitude
287.4°, Northern Winter

North azimuth:
125°

Sub-solar azimuth:
49.4°
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