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NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Ridges From Fractures

Status Report From: Mars Odyssey THEMIS
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2005

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ParameterValue ParameterValue
Latitude17.5   InstrumentVIS
Longitude43E (317W)   Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)3060x1386   Image Size (km)58.1x26.3

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

The upper portion of this VIS image illustrates the a situation where fractures have become ridges. The original fractures would have formed a polygonal pattern in the surface. Later infilling of the fractures by a material more resistant than the surrounding surface occurred, followed by erosion of the less resistant surface material. The result are the polygonal ridges seen in this image. This image was taken in the highlands northwest of Syrtis Major.

[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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