PIA23543: Grooved Crater
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Spacecraft:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Instrument:  THEMIS
 Product Size:  1417 x 2650 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Arizona State University
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This VIS image shows an unnamed crater located in Utopia Planitia. The surface of the ejecta contains radial grooves, visible on both the thicker near crater ejecta and the outer thin ejecta layer. The formation mechanism for the grooves is still unknown but several theories exist including basal surge flows and air pressure rock entrianment.

Orbit Number: 79023 Latitude: 33.0045 Longitude: 86.1051 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2019-10-08 01:53

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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.

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