Science and Exploration

Halos And Fracture Lines On Mars

By Keith Cowing
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January 18, 2023
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Halos And Fracture Lines On Mars
Halos And Fracture Lines On Mars

This image was acquired in the very late southern summer at an incidence angle of 83.5 degrees (the sun was just 6.5 degrees above the horizon).

Rather than being uniformly bright, the high-standing flat areas are brightest near the margins of pits and darker in interior regions.

This pattern may result from deposition or removal of dust and/or carbon dioxide frost. Bright lines probably marking fractures can be seen over the relatively dark high-standing areas.

ID: ESP_076606_0935
date: 29 November 2022
altitude: 249 km

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