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NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Olympica Fossae Redux

Status Report From: Mars Odyssey THEMIS
Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2004

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Context image credit: NASA/Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) Team
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ParameterValue ParameterValue
Latitude24.5   InstrumentVIS
Longitude245.4E (114.6W)   Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)1605x707   Image Size (km)30.5x13.4

This image is of Olympica Fossae, located further eastward than yesterday's image and closer to Alba Patera. Note the complexity of the deeper main channel and the nearby collapse channels. The deeper channel may represent an unroofed lava tube or open main lava channel. The floor texture seen in the main channel in both yesterday's and today's images may represent the surface of one of the last lava flows hosted by the channel.

[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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