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NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Canyons of Aeolis Mensae

By SpaceRef Editor
November 14, 2003
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Context image credit: NASA/Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) Team
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At top one sees a relatively dusty plateau with some spur and gully topography visible along its southern edge as well as amphitheater shaped alcoves. The plateau surface then drops down to reveal a canyon floor covered with yardangs. The floor material appears to be layered and is being stripped out by the wind to form the yardangs.

[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
Latitude-5.9 &nbsp InstrumentVIS
Longitude146.5E (213.5W) &nbsp Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)3230×1399 &nbsp Image Size (km)61.4×26.6

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