This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows evidence of tectonic stresses that deform and fracture rocks and planetary surfaces. Right angles seen here are a good indication that the feature was formed by tectonic stresses.

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Tectonic stresses deform and fracture rocks and planetary surfaces. Right angles are a good indication that the feature was formed by tectonic stresses. We see evidence of these stresses in today's VIS image of Margaritifer Terra.

Orbit Number: 43456 Latitude: -18.5964 Longitude: 333.761 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-10-01 09:54

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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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