NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Dusty Ejecta Blanket

Status Report From: Mars Odyssey THEMIS
Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2004

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ParameterValue ParameterValue
Latitude1.9   InstrumentIR
Longitude359.1E (0.89999999999998W)   Resolution (m)100
Image Size (pixels)1195x320   Image Size (km)119.5x32

Full data on this image has now been released via the THEMIS Data Releases website.

The large crater in this nighttime IR image had its ejecta emplaced in a semifluidized state, creating an outer rampart at the distal ends of the ejecta blanket. This wall can act as a trap for fine wind blown materials. It is likely that part of the darker/cooler materials surrounding the crater are wind blown materials such as dust and sand. This crater is located north of the Meridiani region of Mars.

[Source: ASU THEMIS Science Team]

Note: this THEMIS infrared 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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