South Polar Spiral
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
South Polar Spiral
ESP_049115_0955  Science Theme: Polar Geology


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This hill in the South Polar layered deposits has influenced the erosion of the icy layers. The hill protects the layers from erosion, so the pattern of erosion to the sides of the hill forms a beautiful spiral pattern.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (6 April 2017)
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Acquisition date
17 January 2017

Local Mars time:
16:26

Latitude (centered)
-84.666°

Longitude (East)
227.820°

Range to target site
248.6 km (155.3 miles)

Original image scale range
49.7 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~149 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
50 cm/pixel

Map projection
Polarstereographic

Emission angle:
5.0°

Phase angle:
63.8°

Solar incidence angle
67°, with the Sun about 23° above the horizon

Solar longitude
300.9°, Northern Winter

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North azimuth:  124°
Sub-solar azimuth:  55.6°
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POSTSCRIPT
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.