Science and Exploration

Beautiful Dunes in Meridiani Planum On Mars

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
August 2, 2022
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Beautiful Dunes in Meridiani Planum On Mars
Meridiani Planum On Mars

This observation features some really nice and well-spaced barchan and dome dunes within in a Meridiani Planum impact crater. We also imaged these dunes twice before, and noted changes in the second picture, so this observation can give us more to look at. Barchan dunes face the wind, appearing curved and are produced by wind action predominantly from one direction.

ID: ESP_071014_1840
date: 19 September 2021
altitude: 271 km

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