This image from NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows the Olympica Fossae channel system located east of the Olympus Mons volcano in Tharsis. These anastomosing channels cut numerous lava flows indicating that the channels are younger than the lava flows.
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Olympica Fossae


Released 8 April 2003

Olympica Fossae channel system located east of the Olympus Mons volcano in Tharsis. These anastomosing channels cut numerous lava flows indicating that the channels are younger than the lava flows. Some channels appear to be structurally controlled. These channels are most likely generated by volcano-ground ice interactions.

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 24.9, Longitude 246.3 East (133.8 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

Image details

ID#:
PIA04458

Date added:
2003-04-09

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