In this image from NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft, striations on the floor of this sinuous channel adjacent to Protonilus Mensae look like they result from the flow of lava or perhaps even glacial ice.
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Evidence of flow?


The striations on the floor of this sinuous channel adjacent to Protonilus Mensae look like they result from the flow of lava or perhaps even glacial ice. However, it is also possible that they result from some process acting on permafrost confined within the channel having nothing to do with flow.

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 33.7, Longitude 56.8 East (303.2 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

Image details

ID#:
PIA04089

Date added:
2003-01-17

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/Arizona State University