Platy lava flows in Elysium look very different from the thicker flows of the Tharsis region. In this image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, the darker plates are separated by lighter material and some edges 'match-up' like puzzle pieces.
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Puzzle Pieces

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Platy lava flows in Elysium look very different from the thicker flows of the Tharsis region. In this VIS image, the darker plates are separated by lighter material and some edges "match-up" like puzzle pieces.

Orbit Number: 45384 Latitude: 5.49448 Longitude: 150.67 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2012-03-08 04:18

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#:
PIA15574

Date added:
2012-05-02

Target:
Mars

Mission:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Spacecraft:
2001 Mars Odyssey

Instruments:
Thermal Emission Imaging System

Size:
1338 x 2771 pixels (width x height)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/ASU