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NASA Mars Odyssey THEMIS Image: Syrtis in Retreat

By SpaceRef Editor
July 1, 2003
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Lava flows from the broad shield volcano Syrtis Major have poured into the Isidis Basin to the east. The transition between these great provinces is marked by broken slabs of accumulated volcanic material that is retreating from its position on the floor of the basin. A jagged scarp a half a kilometer high is the result.

[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
Latitude13.7 &nbsp InstrumentVIS
Longitude79.4E (280.6W) &nbsp Resolution (m)19
Image Size (pixels)3057×1361 &nbsp Image Size (km)58.1×25.9

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