In this image from NASA's Mars Odyssey the majority of the surface appears uniform with a few small hills, the region of fractured blocks sticks out as 'something different,' perhaps remnants of crater ejecta, or an area of a different type of rock.
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Something Different

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In an image where the majority of the surface appears uniform with a few small hills, the region of fractured blocks sticks out as "something different." The reason that the material is different is unknown; it could be the remnants of crater ejecta, or an area of a different type of rock.

Orbit Number: 38919 Latitude: 7.72132 Longitude: 148.828 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-09-22 22:33

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

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.

Image details

ID#:
PIA13569

Date added:
2010-11-04

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU