Southeast Rim of Hale Crater
Southeast Rim of Hale Crater
ESP_038904_1430  Science Theme: Mass Wasting Processes
In the search for potential areas with recurring slope lineae (RSL), which were initially thought to be caused by briny water, the central peak of Hale Crater is a common target. But we have no images of the southeast rim of the crater. Hale Crater is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) in diameter and located in the mid-southern latitudes just north of the massive Argyre basin.

RSL are often found on northwest-facing slopes, and they occur in the central peak of Hale. During the season when we know RSL appear, this observation at high resolution might help us see if they occur elsewhere.

This caption is based on the original science rationale.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team (narration: Tre Gibbs)  (21 January 2015)
Acquisition date
13 November 2014

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253.4 km (157.5 miles)

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233.0°, Northern Autumn

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