The craters in this image are located in a region of prolonged wind action. The ejecta of the craters is more resistant to the wind than the materials around it, leaving the ejecta as a "platform" around each crater.
Orbit Number: 46094 Latitude: 7.5534 Longitude: 195.651 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-05-05 14:51
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, 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.