Deimos as viewed by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
These Deimos images combine HiRISE exposures in near-infrared, red and blue-green wavelengths. In the enhanced color, subtle color variations are visible—redder in the smoothest areas and less red near the fresh impact craters and over ridges of topographic highs (relative to Deimos' center of gravity). The color variations are probably caused by exposure of surface material to the space environment, which leads to darkening and reddening. Brighter and less-red surface materials have seen less exposure to space due to recent impacts or downslope movement of regolith.
These images are products from observations catalogued by the HiRISE team as ESP_012065_9000 and ESP_012068_9000.
Original image data dated on or about February 21, 2009.
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