Schiaparelli Crater on Mars
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Schiaparelli Crater on Mars

July 17, 2012
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a bright plain west of Schiaparelli Crater, Mars, which is host to several features, some of them long-lived and others that are transient. The circular features scattered somewhat randomly throughout the scene are impact craters, all of which are in a variety of states of degradation. In the lower left (southwest) corner of the image, there is a small hill surrounded by ripples of windblown sediment, and near the center of the image, there is an active dust devil casting a shadow to the east as it makes its way across the plain. MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1526, 17 July 2006

Credits: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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