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NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Cerberus Fossae 03-21-2005

By SpaceRef Editor
March 21, 2005
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ParameterValue ParameterValue
Latitude8.9 &nbsp InstrumentVIS
Longitude162.9E (197.1W) &nbsp Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)3054×1394 &nbsp Image Size (km)58×26.5

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

The fractures in the center of this VIS image are part

of Cerberus Fossae. These fractures formed in response to

streching of the martian crust due to magma movement related

to the formation of the Elysium Volcanic field, located

to the northwest. Note how the fractures cut through the

preexisting hills.

[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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