The volcanic flow in this image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft appears to have flowed in one layer. The surface texture is blocks of lava which cooled and still moved on molten lava below, producing the plate-like texture.
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Unlike the flows in yesterday's image, which piled up layer by layer, the volcanic flow in the VIS image appears to have flowed in one layer. The surface texture is blocks of lava which cooled and still moved on molten lava below, producing the plate-like texture.

Orbit Number: 44460 Latitude: -6.29868 Longitude: 155.856 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-12-23 02:59

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#:
PIA15304

Date added:
2012-01-16

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

Size:
1354 x 2773 pixels (width x height)

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA15304.tif (3.76 MB)

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PIA15304.jpg (0.6 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU