The unusual surface texture seen in the image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft reflects the resistance of the surface rocks to erosion by the wind. This image shows part of the northern end of Gordii Dorsum.

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The unusual surface texture seen in the VIS image reflects the resistance of the surface rocks to erosion by the wind. This image shows part of the northern end of Gordii Dorsum.

Orbit Number: 44508 Latitude: 12.3231 Longitude: 212.46 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2011-12-27 01:46

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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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