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Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Shalbatana/Simud Vallis Junction

By SpaceRef Editor
January 10, 2003
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Medium image for 20030110a

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Context image credit: NASA/Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) Team
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The sinuous channels and streamlined islands at the junction of
Shalbatana and Simud Vallis present an erosional history of the
catastrophic floods that scoured the Martian surface hundreds of
millions of years ago.

[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
Latitude16 &nbsp InstrumentVIS
Longitude317.4E (42.6W) &nbsp Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)3025×1230 &nbsp Image Size (km)57.5×23.4

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