Released 28 October 2003
The layered deposit in Ganges Chasma provides a striking color contrast against the dark dunes and sand sheets shown in this THEMIS color VIS image (PIA04778). The sand is actually responsible for the yardang-style of erosion of the layered material. Dark sand can be seen within the troughs and on top of the mesa, evidence of its movement across the layered deposit.
Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -7.8, Longitude 311.7 East (48.3 West). 38 meter/pixel resolution.
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.