- Press Release
- Dec 2, 2022
NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Ares Vallis
Context image credit: NASA/Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) Team
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The THEMIS Image of the Day will be exploring the nomenclature of Mars for the next three weeks.
Ares Vallis is one of the larger channels on Mars. It is
located near several other large channels that appear
to empty into Chryse Planitia. This image is a mosaic
of two VIS frames.
Nomenclature Fact of the Day: The asteroid Mathilde is one of the
darkest objects in the Solar System, reflecting only about
3% of the light that strikes it. It has been described
as being “blacker that coal,” so its craters are named for
coal fields and basins around the world.
[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.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University
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