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NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Lava Flows near Pavonis Mons

By SpaceRef Editor
September 29, 2003
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The Tharsis province of Mars was the main center of volcanism on the
planet. This THEMIS visible image shows lava flows that appear to be
originating from linear vents just east of Pavonis Mons, the middle of the
three giant Tharsis volcanoes. A large volume of lava also appears to be
flowing out of a smaller series of pits on the far eastern side of
the image, towards the bottom.

[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
Latitude2.1 &nbsp InstrumentVIS
Longitude253.1E (106.9W) &nbsp Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)3043×1239 &nbsp Image Size (km)57.8×23.5

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