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NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Eos Chasma Mensa

By SpaceRef Editor
March 15, 2005
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ParameterValue ParameterValue
Latitude0.4 &nbsp InstrumentVIS
Longitude324.5E (35.5W) &nbsp Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)2925×1408 &nbsp Image Size (km)55.6×26.8

The topic for the Image of the Day for the weeks of March 7-18 will be

mountains on Mars.

This image is located in Eos Chasma and contains a a feature type called a Mensa, from the Latin word for ‘table’. A Mensa is a flat-topped prominence with cliff-like edges.

[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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