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A Martian Valentine for 2009
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A Martian Valentine for 2009

Happy St. Valentine’s Day from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) team!

This picture of a heart-shaped pit was taken on 26 February 2008 by the CTX camera aboard MRO. It is approximately 2 km long and is centered at 3.7° N, 29.9° W. The pit is one of many adjacent to Hydaspis Chaos, a jumbled topographic depression thought to have formed by collapse of the surface due to—perhaps—catastrophic release of groundwater. This picture is a sub-frame of CTX image P16_007428_1845_XN_04N029W_080226, taken during northern spring. North is to the upper left and illumination is from the lower left.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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