NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Meridiani, Here We Come!

Status Report From: Mars Odyssey THEMIS
Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2004

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Tomorrow night at around 9:05pm PST, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity should land slightly to the southeast of this image. Its goal is to investigate the hematite found by the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) on board the Mars Global Surveyor orbiter.

[Source: ASU THEMIS Science Team]

Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University

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ParameterValue ParameterValue
Latitude-1.7   InstrumentVIS
Longitude352.4E (7.6W)   Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)3233x1405   Image Size (km)61.4x26.7

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