The relatively flat floor and terrace walls of this impact crater imaged by NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft suggest the crater was partly infilled with sediment and subsequently eroded to its present day form.
Add image to your album
Email this page Post this page to your Facebook wall Tweet this page

Impact Crater


The relatively flat floor and terrace walls of this impact crater suggest the crater was partly infilled with sediment and subsequently eroded to its present day form. This type of observation is evidence for environmental change throughout the geologic history of Mars.

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 18.1, Longitude 136.3 East (223.7 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

Image details

ID#:
PIA04086

Date added:
2003-01-15

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

Size:
1228 x 3025 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



Views:
2,635

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA04086.tif (2.76 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA04086.jpg (0.41 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/Arizona State University