Young Channel, Old Crater

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Infrared images taken during the daytime exhibit both the morphological and thermophysical properties of the surface of Mars. Morphologic details are visible due to the effect of sun-facing slopes receiving more energy than antisun-facing slopes. This creates a warm (bright) slope and cool (dark) slope appearance that mimics the light and shadows of a visible wavelength image. Thermophysical properties are seen in that dust heats up more quickly than rocks. Thus dusty areas are bright and rocky areas are dark. This daytime IR image was collected on February 3, 2003 during the northern summer season. This image shows a younger channel cutting through an older crater.

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Image ID: 
I05055009 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2003-02-03 10:36
Thu, 2004-03-18
320 pixels (33 km)
3600 pixels (358 km)
0.0995 km/pixel
0.103719 km/pixel


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