PIA04093: Concentric Crater Fill
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey
Spacecraft: 2001 Mars Odyssey
Instrument: THEMIS
Product Size: 1199 x 3007 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Arizona State University
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The bizarre patterns on the floor of this crater in Nilosyrtis Mensae defy an easy explanation. At 34 degrees north latitude, this location hardly qualifies as "Arctic" yet it is likely that some form of periglacial process possibly combined with the vaporization of ground ice is responsible for this intriguing landscape.

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 information: VIS instrument. Latitude 10.3, Longitude 24.5 East (284.5 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Arizona State University

Image Addition Date:
2003-01-24