Amazing and Marvelous Mars Dunes

by Nancy Atkinson on October 15, 2009

Sand dunes on Mars from MRO's HiRISE camera. Credit: NASA/JPL University of Arizona

Sand dunes on Mars from MRO's HiRISE camera. Credit: NASA/JPL University of Arizona


I see the Bad Astronomer has beat me to the punch by posting this image before I could. But what an amazing and gorgeous image of dunes on Mars! However, my initial thought when I saw this on the HiRISE webpage was perhaps this was the first long-awaited look at Phil’s tattoo. Seriously, doesn’t this look like it could be body art? The dunes even have a Phil-like flesh color. But this wonderful image was taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. There is a great database of dune images gathered for the US Geological Survey on the HiRISE website, and below, take a gander at more lovely dune images:

Click on each image to learn more from the HiRISE website.

More Martian dunes from HiRISE.

More Martian dunes from HiRISE.

Russell Crater dunes. Credit: Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Russell Crater dunes. Credit: Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Dunes in the Western Nereidum Montes. Credit: NASA/JPL University of Arizona

Dunes in the Western Nereidum Montes. Credit: NASA/JPL University of Arizona

Sand dunes. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Sand dunes. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Dark dunes.  Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Dark dunes. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Check out the HiRISE website for more great images from Mars!

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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