Avalanche seen on the planet Mars
The cliffs are located close to the north pole region of Mars, and are around 700 metres (2300 feet) tall. They slope down at an angle of over 60 degrees, which is far too steep to be able to scramble up. The top plateau seen on the left of the image is covered with bright (white) carbon dioxide frost, which is slowly disappearing from the polar regions as Spring arrives.
This photograph is one of 2400 images of the surface of Mars that have been released by NASA at the beginning of March 2008. The spacecraft is actually looking at carefully selected areas of Mars to see how things change from season to season, and at how the frost cover moves back and forward within the Martian polar regions.
For more information about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, click here.