PIA23857: Orson Welles Crater Chaos
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Spacecraft:  2001 Mars Odyssey
 Instrument:  THEMIS
 Product Size:  691 x 1428 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Arizona State University
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Today's VIS image shows part of the floor of Orson Welles Crater. This region of the crater contains chaos. Chaos is formed where tectonic forces break the surface into blocks. Erosion along the breaks widens and deepens the valleys between creating mesas. There is evidence that this crater may once have held a lake.

Orbit Number: 80625 Latitude: 0.001628 Longitude: 313.86 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-02-16 23:31

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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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